Physical Geography

Rating: Charles Fletcher. 2011. Physical Geology: The Science of the Earth. Wiley. ISBN 978 0 471 22037 4. Perhaps the most interesting idea when first picking up the book is the statement by the author ‘why have another text on physical geology’? Given the volume of material published (not to mention the legion of resources on the net), it appears to be overload. It’s worth exploring this before looking at the contents. The author argues that there are two elements. […]

Geomorphology

Rating: Robert S Anderson and Suzanne P Anderson. 2010. Geomorphology: The Mechanics and Chemistry of Landscapes. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978 0 521 51978 6 The title says much about the geomorphological perspective – (long) gone are the days of descriptive landscapes, although these have always had a use. Current work is focussed far more on the science of the processes. This is crucial because not only does it reflect more accurately the academic world in which this science now […]

Discovering Physical Geography 2e

Rating: Alan F Arbogast. 2011. Discovering Physical Geography. 2e. Wiley. ISBN 978 0 470 52852 5. It’s a matter of concern that when environmental courses are reviewed (or geographical ones for that matter), the physical side often loses out. Why does this happen? Locally or globally, the trend is apparent. Perhaps more teachers train in the social sides of the subject; perhaps it’s due to the re-designing of university faculties where physical geography gets hived off into science. Whatever the […]