The Changing Earth Exploring Geology and Evolution (with InfoTrac and Samsonís Earth Systems CD-ROM)

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  • Edition: CD
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  • Copyright: 8/9/2001
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole
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THE CHANGING EARTH is the first text specifically written for the combined physical and historical geology course. The content is based on the best-selling texts PHYSICAL GEOLOGY: EXPLORING THE EARTH and HISTORICAL GEOLOGY: EVOLUTION OF EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME both written by James Monroe and Reed Wicander. Many of the same features pervade in this edition including a strong emphasis on student relevance and comprehension. The authors lively writing style and abundant use of analogies draw students' into the material, while a completely integrated pedagogical structure enhances comprehension of important concepts. Throughout, the text emphasizes the connections between the content and students' own lives, allowing them to learn more easily and develop a greater appreciation for physical geology.

Author Biography

James S. Monroe is professor emeritus of geology at Central Michigan University where he taught physical geology, historical geology, prehistoric life, and stratigraphy and sedimentology since 1975 Reed Wicander is a geology professor at Central Michigan University where he teaches physical geology, historical geology, prehistoric life, and invertebrate paleontology

Table of Contents

1. Understanding Earth: An Introduction
2. Minerals-The Building Blocks of Rocks
3. Igneous Rocks and Intrusive Igneous Activity
4. Volcanism and Volcanoes
5. Weathering, Soil, and Sedimentary Rocks
6. Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks
7. Earthquakes and Earth's Interior
8. The Sea Floor
9. Plate Tectonics: A Unifying Theory
10. Deformation and Mountain Building, and the Continents
11. Mass Wasting
12. Running Water
13. Groundwater
14. Glaciers and Glaciation
15. The Work of Wind and Deserts
16. Shorelines and Shoreline Processes
17. Geologic Time: Concepts and Principles
18. Evolution-The Theory and Its Supporting Evidence
19. A History of the Universe, Solar System, and Planets
20. Precambrian Earth and Life History
21. Paleozoic Earth History
22. Paleozoic Life History
23. Mesozoic Earth and Life History
24. Cenozoic Earth and Life History

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