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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|
|Volcanic and Plutonic Activity|
|Weathering and Soil|
|Glaciers and Glaciation|
|Deserts and Winds|
|The Ocean Floor and Sea Floor Spreading|
|Mountain Building and the Evolution of Continents|
|Energy and Mineral Resources|
|Metric and English Units Compared|
|Common Minerals of Earth's Crust|
|Landforms of the Conterminous United States|
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