Physical Geography - Version 1
Jeremy Patrich, College of the Canyons
Copyright Year: 2020
Publisher: College of the Canyons
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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
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: Shaped by Coastal Processes, and Unit 17: Shaped by Rivers & Running Water, discussing mostly the role of water as a geomorphic agent. Thus, the textbook falls short of information about important topics like properties of water, ocean currents, lakes, etc. Also, there is no unit about the biosphere. Each unit starts with a Goals and Objectives section and ends up with a Summary. The text is well illustrated with tables and figures. However, there are no discussions, study questions, or other activities to help students understand the concepts introduced.
I didn’t find any inaccurate information in the textbook.
The textbook is fairly relevant. As it is the case with the physical geography textbooks in principle, the basic concepts covered are not subject to obsolescence.
The textbook is clearly written and understandable for students who are encountering the basics of physical geography for the first time.
The textbook is consistent in terms of structure, terminology and framework.
The units are arranged by topics, beginning with introduction to geography as a discipline. It would be better if the unit introducing geology and geologic time (Unit 3) precedes not the unit about cartography, but the unit about basic mineral development. All of the material could be easily rearranged in accordance with the instructor’s approach.
The text is well organized and the flow is logical. A possible improvement would be a unit/units about hydrology, following Unite 7: Weather and Climate, and a unit/units about biosphere, preceding Unit 19: Shaped by Glaciers.
I found no interface issues. Additionally, the textbook is very easy to navigate.
The text is well-edited for grammar and I found no grammatical errors.
I didn’t find any offensive language or culturally insensitive issues in both the text and the illustrations.
The textbook will benefit a lot if the hydrosphere and the biosphere are also covered. Additionally, creating a test bank for the instructors, some activities for the students, and including more maps in the text might be considered possible improvements.
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
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.