Canadian students and instructors appreciate the texts organization, scientific accuracy, integration of figures and examples specific to Canada while maintaining an international flavour throughout. The clarity of the summary and review sections, and overall relevancy to what is happening to Earth systems in real time are valued by all who use the Geosystems, Updated Fourth Canadian Edition text. Personalize Learning with Pearson Mastering Geography Mastering Geography is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with this text to engage students and improve results. Within its structured environment, students practice what they learn, test their understanding, and pursue a personalized study plan that helps them better absorb course material and understand difficult concepts. Pearson eText gives students access to the text wherever they have access to the Internet.
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Students and teachers appreciate the systems organization, scientific accuracy, integration of figures and text, clarity of the summary and review sections, and overall relevancy to what is happening to Earth systems in real time.
Features Twenty Focus Studies, with either updated or new content, explore relevant applied topics in greater depth and are a popular feature of the Geosystems texts. These original, unique essays, updated for the Ninth Edition, immediately engage readers into the chapter with relevant, real-world examples of physical geography.
Many of these features emphasize linkages across chapters and Earth systems, exemplifying the Geosystems approach.
Geo Reports continue to describe timely and relevant events or facts related to the discussion in the chapter, provide student action items, and offer new sources of information. The Geo Reports in the Fourth Edition, placed along the bottom of pages, are updated, with many new to this edition. Example topics include: Did light refraction sink the Titanic? These carefully crafted action items bridge students to the next level of learning, placing students in charge of further inquiry.
Key Learning Concepts appear at the outset of each chapter, many rewritten for clarity. Each chapter concludes with Key Learning Concepts Review, which summarizes the chapter using the opening objectives. Geosystems continues to embed Internet URLs within the text. More than appear in this edition. New To This Edition Nearly every page of Geosystems, Fourth Edition, presents updated material, new content in text and figures, and new features.
A sampling of new features includes: A new chapter on climate change. Although climate change science affects all systems and is discussed to some extent in every chapter of Geosystems, we now present a stand-alone chapter covering this topic — Chapter 11, Climate Change.
This new Chapter 11 expands on the climate change discussion that was formerly part of Chapter 10, Climate Systems and Climate Change, in previous editions. A new Geosystems in Action feature focusing on key topics, processes, systems, or human—Earth connections. In every chapter, Geosystems in Action is a oneto two-page highly visual presentation of a topic central to the chapter, with active learning questions and links to media in MasteringGeography, as well as a GeoQuiz to aid student learning.
Throughout each part of the Geosystems in Action figure, students are asked to analyze, explain, infer, or predict based on the information presented. A new feature, The Human Denominator, that links chapter topics to human examples and applications. At the end of Chapters 2 through 20, this new feature includes maps, photos, graphs, and other diagrams to provide visual examples of many human—Earth interactions. This feature replaces and expands on the former Chapter 21 in previous Geosystems editions, called Earth and the Human Denominator.
New and revised illustrations and maps to improve student learning. More than new photos and images bring real-world scenes into the classroom. Our photo and remote sensing program, updated for this edition, exceeds items, integrated throughout the text. New images and photos for the 20 chapter openers, and redesigned schematics and photos for the 4 part openers.
Students now have access to new Dynamic Study Modules that provide each student with a customized learning experience. Students also have access to a text-specific Study Area with study resources, including a Pearson eText version of Geosystems, Geoscience Animations, MapMaster interactive maps, new videos, Satellite Loops, Author Notebooks, additional content to support materials for the text, photo galleries, In the News RSS feeds, web links, career links, physical geography case studies, flashcard glossary, quizzes, and more—all at www.
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Geosystems: An Introduction to Physical Geography, 10th Edition
New Solutions for Science from Pearson Canada