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Alternative Energy Demystified

This book is for people who want to learn about diverse energy sources and 
technologies without taking a formal course. It can serve as a classroom supplement, 
tutorial aid, self-teaching guide, or home-schooling text.
As you take this course, you’ll encounter multiple-choice quizzes and a fi nal exam 
to help you measure your progress. All quiz and exam questions are composed like 
those in standardized tests. The quizzes are “open-book.” You may refer to the 
chapter text when taking them. The fi nal exam contains questions drawn uniformly 

An Illustrated Guide to Science — Marine Science

Marine Science is one of eight volumes of the Science Visual

Resources set. It contains seven sections, a comprehensive

glossary, a Web site guide, and an index.

Marine Science is a learning tool for students and teachers. Fullcolor diagrams, graphs, charts, and maps on every page illustrate

the essential elements of the subject, while parallel text provides

key definitions and step-by-step explanations. 

Geography of the oceans provides an overview of the physical

dimensions of the bodies of water that cover 70 percent of Earth. 

An Illustrated Guide to Science — Earth Science

Earth Science is one of eight volumes in the Science Visual

Resources set. It contains six sections, a comprehensive glossary, 

a Web site guide, and an index.

Earth Science is a learning tool for students and teachers. Fullcolor diagrams, graphs, charts, and maps on every page illustrate

the essential elements of the subject, while parallel text provides

key definitions and step-by-step explanations.

Earth and space provides an introduction to the study of our

planet in the context of the solar system. Issues such as Earth’s

An Illustrated Guide to Science — Weather and Climate

Weather and Climate is one of eight volumes in the Science Visual
Resources set. It contains nine sections, a comprehensive glossary,
a Web site guide, and an index.
Weather and Climate is a learning tool for students and teachers.
Full-color diagrams, graphs, charts, and maps on every page
illustrate the essential elements of the subject, while parallel text
provides key definitions and step-by-step explanations.
The atmospheric engine outlines the overall structure of Earth’s

An Intermediate Guide to SPSS Programming

T his book is about using SPSS to manage data. To be more specific, it
presents a number of concepts important in data management and
demonstrates how to carry out data management tasks using SPSS syntax. It
presupposes no experience with data management, SPSS, or computer programming, but assumes the reader has the need or the desire to learn about
those topics. It further assumes the reader has access to SPSS and to the SPSS
Syntax Reference Guide, which is included as a PDF file with the SPSS software.

An Introduction to Atmospheric Physics

Since publication of the first edition in 1963, developments in science and
in the relation of science to society have occurred that make this revised
edition appropriate and, in fact, somewhat overdue. The principles of
physics, of course, have not changed, and the atmosphere has changed little.
What is different is that in some respects we are now better able to relate
atmospheric processes and properties to physical principles. Research results

An Introduction to Environmental Biophysics

The objectives of the first edition of "An Introduction to Environmental 
Biophysics" were "to describe the physical microenvironment in which 
living organisms reside" and "to present a simplified discussion of heat 
and mass transfer models and apply them to exchange processes between 
organisms and their surroundings." These remain the objectives of this 
edition. This book is used as a text in courses taught at Washington State 
University and University of Wisconsin and the new edition incorporates 

An Introduction to Old English

This textbook is designed for students for whom this is the first
experience of the language of the earliest period of English, namely
the period from the time of the invasions of Britain by the English in the
fifth century until the time of the Norman Conquest or shortly thereafter. If it is undoubtedly true that the first sighting of the English of that
time comes as a shock to most beginning students, there can be no doubt
that an understanding of that language is essential for a proper appreciation of how English has evolved over time.

An Introduction to Political Geography

A second edition of this book is long overdue. I wrote the first in the autumn and winter of 1979
and the spring and summer of 1980. The book was a necessity. I had been given a lectureship at
Reading University in 1978 and was expected to teach political geography; this was the teaching
course of the person who had retired. He left to go on a world cruise and I was lumbered with
teaching a course for which I had no experience. I looked round the library. I was disappointed.

An Introduction to Political Geography

A second edition of this book is long overdue. I wrote the first in the autumn and winter of 1979
and the spring and summer of 1980. The book was a necessity. I had been given a lectureship at
Reading University in 1978 and was expected to teach political geography; this was the teaching
course of the person who had retired. He left to go on a world cruise and I was lumbered with
teaching a course for which I had no experience. I looked round the library. I was disappointed.

An Introduction to Space Weather

Space weather is an emerging field of space science focused on understanding societal and technological impacts of the solar–terrestrial
relationship. The Sun, which has tremendous influence on Earth’s space
environment, releases vast amounts of energy in the form of electromagnetic and particle radiation that can damage or destroy satellite,
navigation, communication, and power distribution systems, and injure
or kill astronauts. This textbook introduces the relationship between the
Sun and Earth, and shows how it impacts our technological society.

Anatomy Demystified

‘‘Which comes first—the chicken, or the egg?’’ This book is about the
‘‘egg’’—human anatomy or body structure. (An unhatched egg is an example
of anatomy.) Its close companion, PHYSIOLOGY DEMYSTIFIED, is all
about the ‘‘chicken’’—human physiology or body function. (The process of
laying an egg is an aspect of chicken physiology, after all!)
ANATOMY DEMYSTIFIED is for people who want to get acquainted
with the fundamental concepts of human body structure, without having to

Antarctica: the most interactive ice-air-ocean environment

The Indian Antarctic program started in the year 1981-82 and soon it was realized that 
Antarctica holds strongly coupled ice-air-ocean interactive system in the world. Dr. Ram 
Manohar Lohia Avadh University had an opportunity to participate in four Indian Scientific 
Expeditions to Antarctica in collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi. 
I am happy to see the results from the various Indian Antarctic expeditions being poured 
in the form of a book, which deals with a complex subject of ice-air-ocean interaction over 

Anthropogenic Geomorphology

Anthropogenic geomorphology is the study of the role of humans in creating
landforms and modifying the operation of geomorphological processes such as
weathering, erosion, transport and deposition. As the human population rises, new
lands and resources are exploited, and new technologies are adopted, the impact of
humans grows ever greater. Some landforms are produced by direct anthropogenic

Archaeology for Dummies

Archaeology is exciting adventure and discovery. It’s also sometimes 
horribly misunderstood and wrongly stereotyped. Many well-educated 
people still think that archaeology is bones, dinosaurs, or fossils, but it’s 
none of these. Archaeological remains are things humans left — artifacts or 
garbage stains in the soil or ruins of huts or palaces. Others think archaeology 
must mean only Egyptian temples or Roman ruins, but archaeology is everywhere that humans have been, including your own back yard and even the 
moon.

Asia in Focus: Japan

It is my hope that Asia in Focus: Japan will be an informative and useful introduction for American readers to one of the world’s most important countries. Currently,
the rise of two other important Asian countries, the People’s Republic of China and
India, seem to have diverted many Americans’ attentions from Japan. Although I
would be the last to argue that Americans shouldn’t better understand both of these
nations, knowledge of Japan remains crucial for American global literacy for at
least three reasons.

Asteroids and Meteorites

Natural geologic hazards arise from the interaction between humans 
and the Earth’s natural processes. Recent natural disasters such as 
the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed more than a quarter million people and earthquakes in Iran, Turkey, and Japan have shown how 
the motion of the Earth’s tectonic plates can suddenly make apparently 
safe environments dangerous or even deadly. The slow sinking of the 
land surface along many seashores has made many of the world’s coastal 
regions prone to damage by ocean storms, as shown disastrously by 

Asteroids, Meteorites and Comets

While I was growing up, I got my thrills from simple 
things—one was the beauty of nature. I spent hours 
looking at mountains, the sky, lakes, et cetera, and always 
seeing something different. Another pleasure came from figuring out how things work and why things are the way they 
are. I remember constantly looking up things from why airplanes fly to why it rains to why there are seasons. Finally was 
the thrill of discovery. The excitement of finding or learning 
about something new—like when I found the Andromeda 

Astrobiology of Earth

Astrobiology is a ‘new’ science that presumes to study life in the universe. Life does exist 
in the universe. The evidence for this can be seen on our own planet, Earth. Moreover 
the enormous size of the known cosmos makes it highly unlikely that we are unique and 
that life does not exist on a planet circling our own or some other star. Our galaxy, the 
Milky Way, contains some 100 billion1 stars and is only one of some 100–200 billion galaxies. However, to date there is no proof that life exists anywhere other than on Earth. 

Astronomy Demystified

This book is for people who want to learn basic astronomy without taking
a formal course. It also can serve as a supplemental text in a classroom,
tutored, or home-schooling environment. I recommend that you start at the
beginning of this book and go straight through.
In this book, we’ll go on a few “mind journeys.” For example, we’ll take
a tour of the entire Solar System, riding hybrid space/aircraft into the
atmospheres and, in some cases, to the surfaces of celestial bodies other than

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