McKnight's Physical Geography: Pearson New International Edition

Darrel Hess / Dennis G Tasa  
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July 2013
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Continuing Tom L. McKnight's well-known thematic focus on landscape appreciation, Darrel Hess offers a broad survey of all of the physical processes and spatial patterns that create Earth’s physical landscape. McKnight’s Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation provides a clear writing style, superior art program, and abundant pedagogy to appeal to a wide variety of students. This new edition offers a truly meaningful integration of visualization, technology, the latest applied science, and new pedagogy, providing essential tools and opportunities to teach and engage students in these processes and patterns. 



  • Unique landscape appreciation approach and clear presentation of concepts make this hallmark text engaging and easily accessible to students of all levels.
  • An excellent cartographic and illustration program by renowned geoscience Illustrator Dennis Tasa includes:
    • Hundreds of maps with shaded relief where appropriate
    • Line art with numerous multi-part photorealistic illustrations that capture sequence and evolution to help students understand various processes
    • Major photos paired with locator maps to enhance geographic literacy.
  • Global environmental change is integrated and discussed extensively throughout the book.
  • Geoscience Animations and videos are integrated throughout the chapters  encouraging students to go to MasteringGeography to access these interactive visualizations. Quick Response (QR) codes in the book allow students to access mobile-ready versions of the animations and videos with smartphones and other mobile devices.
  • Review and Study questions with embedded key terms are found at the end of every chapter.
  • Expert Contributors author many of the special Focus, People and the Environment, and Energy for the 21st Century features, providing a variety of expertise and experience.

New to this Edition

  • NEW! Quick Response (QR) Codes within the pages of the book link to a variety of videos and animations, providing students with just-in-time access to media resources tied to the book’s concepts.
  • NEW! Energy for the 21st Century feature boxes, authored by dynamic contributors who are experts in their respective fields, provide balanced coverage of both renewable and non-renewable energy resources.
  • NEW! Seeing Geographically questions at the beginning and end of each chapter ask students to perform visual analysis and check their misconceptions and understanding of chapter concepts.
  • NEW! New Key Questions integrate chapter-specific learning outcomes into the chapter opening pages, which connect to Learning Checks and MasteringGeography.
  • NEW! New Learning Checks integrate review questions at the end of each major section, to help students check their comprehension.
  • NEW! New End-of-Chapter Quantitative Exercises offer optional mathematical treatments of chapter concepts, and are also available in MasteringGeography.
  • Expanded coverage of the Coriolis Effect enhances the text’s treatment of this difficult concept, introducing it in Chapter 3 (Introduction to the Atmosphere) and placing it in context in Chapter 5 (Atmospheric Pressure and Wind).
  • NEW! The latest science, statistics, and associated imagery are integrated throughout the text.  
  • NEW! New and updated illustrations by renowned geographic illustrator Dennis Tasa.
  • NEW! An increased quantity of satellite images are found within the text.
  • An updated California Edition provides updated Field Guides specific to the Golden State, including a new Field Guide on the Central Valley.


Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Earth
  2. Portraying Earth
  3. Introduction to the Atmosphere
  4. Insolation and Temperature
  5. Atmospheric Pressure and Wind
  6. Atmospheric Moisture
  7. Atmospheric Disturbances
  8. Climate and Climate Change
  9. The Hydrosphere
  10. Cycles and Patterns in the Biosphere
  11. Terrestrial Flora and Fauna
  12. Soils
  13. Introduction to Landform Study
  14. The Internal Processes
  15. Preliminaries to Erosion: Weathering and Mass Wasting
  16. Fluvial Processes
  17. Solution Processes and Karst Topography
  18. Glacial Modification of Terrain
  19. The Topography of Arid Lands
  20. Coastal Processes and Terrain