9780130920256

Earth : An Introduction to Physical Geology

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  • ISBN13:

    9780130920256

  • ISBN10:

    0130920258

  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback w/CD
  • Copyright: 1/1/2002
  • Publisher: Pearson College Div
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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
1(32)
Matter and Minerals
33(30)
Igneous Rocks
63(28)
Volcanoes and Other Igneous Activity
91(42)
Weathering and Soil
133(26)
Sedimentary Rocks
159(30)
Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks
189(26)
Geologic Time
215(28)
Mass Wasting: The Work of Gravity
243(22)
Running Water
265(36)
Groundwater
301(26)
Glaciers and Glaciation
327(36)
Deserts and Winds
363(24)
Shorelines
387(30)
Crustal Deformation
417(26)
Earthquakes
443(32)
Earth's Interior
475(20)
The Ocean Floor
495(22)
Plate Tectonics
517(40)
Mountain Building and the Evolution of Continents
557(26)
Energy and Mineral Resources
583(34)
Planetary Geology
617(29)
Appendix A Metric and English Units Compared 646(1)
Appendix B Landforms of the Conterminous United States 647(2)
Glossary 649(16)
Index 665

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