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Physical Geography - Version 1

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Jeremy Patrich, College of the Canyons

Trudi Radtke

Copyright Year: 2020

Publisher: College of the Canyons

Language: English

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Reviewed by Dimitar Dimitrov, Geography Instructor, Portland Community College on 6/13/21

The textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to many topics in the field of physical geography, but it is unbalanced in favor of geology/geomorphology. There is no unit focused on the hydrosphere. Instead, there are two units - Unit 16:... read more

Table of Contents

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Geography as a Discipline
  • Unit 2: Earth’s Place within the Cosmos
  • Unit 3: Introduction to Geology & Geologic Time
  • Unit 4: Mapping Earth’s Surface
  • Unit 5: Earth-Sun Relationships: Reasons for the Seasons
  • Unit 6: Earth’s Atmosphere
  • Unit 7: Elements of Weather & Climate
  • Unit 8: Basic Mineral Development
  • Unit 9: Igneous Rocks
  • Unit 10: Sedimentary Rocks
  • Unit 11: Metamorphism & Metamorphic Rocks
  • Unit 12: Weathering & Soils
  • Unit 13: Earths Dynamic Surface: Plate Tectonics
  • Unit 14: Earths Dynamic Surface: Tectonics Force
  • Unit 15: Earths Dynamic Surface: Volcanoes
  • Unit 16: Shaped by Coastal Processes
  • Unit 17: Shaped by Rivers & Running Water
  • Unit 18: Shaped by Wind as a Geomorphic Agent
  • Unit 19: Shaped by Glaciers

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  • About the Book

    Welcome to Physical Geography at College of the Canyons.

    This textbook was designed especially for College of the Canyons students, as a resource to instill the knowledge and adventure that the discipline of geography holds for so many of us. The following units will cover a wide array of topics such as: Earth’s grid system, rivers, oceans, deserts, basic geology, and cartography.

    About the Contributors


    Jeremy Patrich is a California based physical and cultural geographer; whose academic adventure began at College of the Canyons. After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geography at Cal State Northridge, he then completed a GIS program at the University of North Dakota. More recently, he completed a bachelor’s degree in geology at the University of Florida. He is honored to be part of the faculty at College of the Canyons as a professor of geography and geology.


    Trudi Radtke

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