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  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (1 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131217615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131217614
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 2.5 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In my 34 years as an academic I have never been nearly as much impressed by a book as I was by this one”

“It is so beautifully and extensively illustrated that it rekindled all my enthusiasm for understanding the natural environment and how it functions”

“The modest title…massively understates the worth and content of the book.  I have no doubt that it will fast become an internationally acclaimed text not just in Geography Departments, but in Environmental Science Programmes too”

"…it discusses a host of topical major environmental issues, and sets them in context in a clear and understandable way”

“…its content will span 3 years of an undergraduate degree programme and beyond"

Professor Malcolm Cresser, Environment Department, University of York


“…the most welcome contrast with other introductory texts is the inclusion of a range of contributors within an edited volume, that ensures each section is written by a subject specialist”

Dr Richard Waller, School of Earth Sciences and Geography, University of Keele


"A superb introductory coverage of Physical Geography and allied environmental disciplines. Undergraduates will greatly appreciate the accessibility of the text, with its well-developed structure, informative box features, and extensive website links”

Richard Michael Johnson, University of Central Lancashire


“It is well written, up to date and at an appropriate level for first year university students”

“The excellent coverage of hydrology and geomorphology sets it apart from many of its competitors. Material is covered in enough detail that I would expect students to come back to this volume as supporting material for higher level courses"

Dr. Martin Evans, School of Geography, University of Manchester

"...there's a most interesting section dealing with human interference with sediment patterns adding a useful dimension to this topic."

"...dryland systems and desertification covering, in a short space, an impressive randge of ideas from natural and human agents to changes through time."

"There are a range of features in each chapter adding up to an impressive presentation."

"There's also a companion website with an impressive range of resources from student flashcards to presentations for teachers"

"Overall this is a most impressive text. It covers a very wide range of ideas noting not just basic concepts but current techniques making it ideal for the student wishing to take the subject further. Coverage of case studies is truly global and not just keeping to one area"

"...thorough and detailed with more sophisticated explanation which would make it ideal for the good senior student, educator and undergraduate (where it deserves to ben seen as one of the key introductory texts)"

Dr Paul S Ganderton, the Teaching Ecology Group's Book Review Editor


"Its coverage of topics is perhaps the widest of the four books. I am also impressed by the placement of the acknowledgements at the front, along with detailed further reading in each chapter."

"There is a nice introduction to Quarternary change."

"This book is my favourite of those under review."

James Casford - Durham University

Times Higher Education Supplement. May 27 2005, p.XXI

From the Back Cover

An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment provides a comprehensive overview of the major topics within physical geography, including climate, landform evolution, biogeography, oceans, environmental management, quaternary environmental change and remote sensing.

Richly supported throughout by examples drawn from Europe and the wider world, this highly illustrated text will stimulate interest and actively engage students. It looks closely at processes and environmental change and encourages students to apply their understanding to consider contemporary environmental problems.

Each chapter is written by a leading specialist in their field to provide informative, expert and practical coverage.

Main features

-        An integrative thematic structure provides clear and comprehensible organisation to the material.  The book is split into five parts, each with a part opener describing the main themes and links between the chapters within that part.

-        A wide range of pedagogical features helps to clarify, extend and apply students’ understanding of the fundamental issues.  This is comprised of:

-    Five categories of boxed feature that explore and illustrate topics and concepts - fundamental principles, techniques, environmental change, new directions and case studies.

-   Reflective questions thatinvite the reader to think about and further explore what they have just read.  Useful for consolidating learning, these are found at the end of each major section of every chapter.

-      Also included are learning objectives, a summary, a comprehensive glossary, and an annotated list of further reading and weblinks


·         An innovative website accompanies the text.  This includes resources for the lecturer and student to assist teaching and further explore topics covered in the main text. 

To explore the online resources, please go to the dedicated companion website at

For lecturers: - There is a password protected site with power point slides, and field exercise ideas.

For students:  - There are multiple choice questions for each chapter, interactive numerical models, an annotated bibliography, list of weblinks and a comprehensive glossary.

An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment is an essential textbook for undergraduate students taking courses in geography, the environment and environmental science and also suitable for those studying earth sciences, geology, environmental management and other related environmental courses.


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Very useful and comprehensive for the first year of my geography undergraduate degree. I would recommend it if you are studying at this level but not for general reading!
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By Maggie on 18 Dec. 2013
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The product is in excellent condition, very good textbook. I just love it. Thank you very much, I recommend it
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