www.our-planet-earth.net and its associated resources represent my contribution to helping people to better understand how our planet works. This education is important for comprehending the issues related to the various environmental problems facing humankind. Without this knowledge we will fall short in our attempt to become devoted custodians of this planet and its wonderful resources.

www.our-planet-earth.net contains six main components: Learning About Planet Earth, Understanding (Physical Geography) eBook, Glossary of Terms, Learning Resources, Please Donate, and Search Site.

The purpose of Learning About Planet Earth part of this site is to provide curious learners with a description of the phenomena and natural processes found on our planet. Learning About Planet Earth contains many pages of information written for the casual reader and numerous 2-D illustrations, photographs, and animated graphics organized into six chapters. Important key terms in this volume are linked to an interactive Glossary of Terms. Please note that the pages found in this work are always in a state of being improved. Your comments and corrections, emailed to me, play an important role in this process.

I am currently preparing a more comprehensive eBook titled Understanding Physical Geography. This eBook will contain significantly more information than Learning About Planet Earth. Each chapter of this eBook will be available in PDF format, which should make the printing of hard copies relatively easy. Completion date for this project is the Fall of 2011. Several chapters are now available for downloading.

As you have already learned, key terms in Learning About Planet Earth and the more in depth eBook Understanding Physical Geography are hyperlinked to a Glossary of Terms. This Glossary of Terms contains the definitions for about 4000 terms commonly used in Physical Geography and Earth Science.

The Learning Resources component of this site, you will find high resolution copies of the figures and photographs I use in Learning About Planet Earth and my eBook Understanding Physical Geography. This component will also contain a number of animations that I have created for explaining various concepts in Earth Science and Physical Geography. Educators and students have my open permission to use figures, photographs, animations that I have created in their lectures and other educational projects. Authors and textbook publishers do not have my permission to use these items in commercial publications. Permission for commercial use of my work must be negotiated with me on an individual basis.

To help find information on this site quickly a Google search engine is available. To use the search engine select the "Search Site" link located in the top navigation bar found on most of the site's pages.

The Please Donate web page is my attempt at getting some payment for all of my hard work. These funds will also be used to help pay the company I use to host this website. Remuneration will also provide me with incentive to make this resource even better in the future. Please note that this website does not use annoying advertisements to generate operating funds.

I would also like to thank all those individuals who contacted me about typos and other errors in my web pages. A special thanks goes out to Allen Hutchinson for his diligence in providing me with numerous suggestions on how to improve the readability of this work.

Finally, I would like to affectionately dedicate this website to my wonderful children Sarah, Nicholas, and Claire who share my curiosity for learning really neat stuff.


I hope you enjoy www.our-planet-earth.net!

Dr. Michael Pidwirny, Associate Professor
Unit 2: Biology and Physical Geography
University of British Columbia Okanagan
Science Building, 1177 Research Road
Kelowna, British Columbia

Michael Pidwirny




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