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Earth : An Introduction to Physical Geology

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Edition:
6th
ISBN13:

9780137961290

ISBN10:
0137961294
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
1/1/1999
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
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Summary

To understand timely issues such as natural disasters and environmental challenges-and to evaluate solutions to related problems-the average citizen needs a basic awareness of the scientific principles that influence our planet. This trusted book makes an often-complex subject accessible to readers with a strong focus on readability and illustrations. Offers a meaningful, non-technical survey that is informative and up to date for learning basic principles and concepts. Includes a revised and expanded GEODe Earth CD-ROM. Updates and revises art and illustrations to include dozens of new high-quality, photographs carefully selected to aid understanding and add realism. Provides a wealth of new special-interest boxes, including "Earth as a System," "People and the Environment," and "Understanding Earth." A useful reference for anyone interested in learning more about Earth's geology.

Table of Contents

An Introduction to Geology
Matter and Minerals
Igneous Rocks
Volcanic and Plutonic Activity
Weathering and Soil
Sedimentary Rocks
Metamorphics Rocks
Geologic Time
Mass Wasting
Running Water
Groundwater
Glaciers and Glaciation
Deserts and Winds
Shorelines
Crustal Deformation
Earthquakes
Earth's Interior
The Ocean Floor and Sea Floor Spreading
Plate Tectonics
Mountain Building and the Evolution of Continents
Energy and Mineral Resources
Planetary Geology
Metric and English Units Compared
Common Minerals of Earth's Crust
Topographic Maps
Landforms of the Conterminous United States
Glossary
Index
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