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1 GEO2200: Section # 2289 Physical Geography (Gen. Ed. ‗P‘) Dr. Jane Southworth Professor Department of Geography LECTURES : WM 0100 Tuesday - Period 7-8, 3:00-4:55 pm Thursday Period 8, 4:05-4:55 pm Office Hours Tues/Thurs 1:00 - 2:45 pm. TUR 3129, or by appointment. Email [email protected] INTRODUCTION Geosystems: An Introduction to Physical Geography, Eighth Edition is organized around the natural flow of energy, materials, and information, presenting subjects in the same sequence in which they occur in nature an organic, holistic approach that is unique in this discipline. Section I The Energy Atmosphere System Our planet and our lives are powered by the radiant energy from the Sun. Ear th‘s atmosphere acts as an efficient filter. The unevenness of daily energy receipt empowers atmospheric and surface energy budgets, giving rise to global patterns of temperature and circulation of wind and ocean currents. Section II The Water, Weather and Climate Systems Earth is the water planet. We see the daily dynamics of the atmosphere the powerful interaction of moisture and energy, of stability and instability, and the variety of cloud forms as daily weather patterns, the hydrological cycle, water resources, and climate. Section III The Earth-Atmosphere Interface Earth is a dynamic planet whose surface is shaped by two broad systems. The endogenic system encompasses internal processes that produce flows of heat and material from deep below Earth‘s
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2 crust. Earth‘s surface responds by moving, warping, and breaking, sometimes in dramatic episodes. At the same time, the exogenic system involves external processes involving air, water and ice, all powered by solar energy. Section IV Soils, Ecosystems and Biomes Earth is the home of the only known biosphere, a unique, complex and interactive system of abiotic (nonliving) and biotic (living) components working to sustain a tremendous diversity of life. Today we face crucial issues, principally the preservation of the diversity of life. The resilience of the biosphere, as we know it, is being tested in a real-time, one-time experiment, as global climate systems shift. OFFICE HOURS Tues/Thurs 1:00 - 2:45 p.m. 3129 Turlington Hall or by appointment.
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