Publisher description for The blue planet : an introduction to earth system science / Brian J. Skinner, Stephen C Porter, Daniel B. Botkin.


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Counter The image of the Earth on the front cover was acquired from the GOES-8 Imager by the Laboratory for Atmosphere at NASA'S Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. It was taken on September 2, 1994, using two channels for the Imager to produce a "natural color" effect. The photos shown here on the back cover illustrate the four spheres of the Earth system - the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere - together with changes being produced by human activities.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: EarthEarth sciences