Geography is the study of the earth’s surface, including its physical, biological, and social systems. It is concerned with how people shape and in turn are shaped by the natural and ecological systems around them, how societies create landscapes and places, and the spatial distributions of many kinds of phenomena. The discipline seeks to describe and explain why different phenomena are located where they are and how their spatial patterns change over time. - from Oxford Bibliographies Online
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The Library's primary physical geography collections are housed in the Earth Sciences and Map Library, located in 50 McCone Hall.
The collection contains works on all aspects of physical geography, including evolution of the earth, atmospheric conditions, vegetation and climate, geomorphology, geologic structure and landforms, terrain studies, marine processes and coastal landforms, hydrology and fluvial processes, glaciers and glacial landscapes, erosion, landslides, soils, environmental issues, climatic change, and general works on the biosphere and ecology. Coverage is worldwide, including general works, textbooks, geographical reviews, publications by geographical associations, geography periodicals, and bibliographies.
The Marian Koshland Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library contains geographical materials relating to the biosphere, ecology, conservation, agriculture, soils, and forestry.
The Water Resources Collections & Archives (previously housed at UC Berkeley, now at UC Riverside) collects technical information on freshwater, groundwater, coastal, estuaries and wetlands and contains many federal, state and local government reports as well as publications from other Water Resources Centers.
Collections dealing with social, cultural, & other human geography topics may be found in the following library locations: