Environmental Geology

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/21/2010
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Having originally defined the Environmental Geology course, this text is considered the most comprehensive yet readable book for a course at this level. Keller continues to offer the most detailed, current research available. He covers a wide range of topics, discussing everything from fundamental geologic principles to the specifics of environmental law and geologic hazards, from a truly environmental perspective. The Ninth Edition emphasizes the engineering geology approach, with more quantification of relationships, especially in the discussion of soil and rock mechanics and landslides. Philosophy and Fundamental Concepts; Earth Materials and Process; Soils and Environment; Geology and Ecosystems; Introduction to Natural Hazards; Rivers and Flooding; Landslides and Related Phenomena; Earthquakes and Related Phenomena; Volcanic Activity; Coastal Hazards: Coastal Erosion and Hurricanes; Impact of Extraterrestrial Objects; Water Resources; Water Pollution; Mineral Resources and Environment; Energy and Environment; Global Climate Change; Geology and Society. A readable, comprehensive reference for environmental geology.

Author Biography

EDWARD A. KELLER is professor of environmental geology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he holds a joint appointment with the Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Geological Sciences. Professor Keller's research focuses on natural hazards, including wildfire, flooding, and earthquakes. He is also evaluating the environmental impacts of ecotourism. Professor Keller received his doctorate from Purdue University in 1973; as a graduate student, he wrote the first five chapters of the first edition of Environmental Geology. Professor Keller enjoys teaching and research, and hopes his textbooks help students to appreciate geology and to assist them in becoming better and more informed citizens in our complex world.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Philosophy and Fundamental Concepts
Chapter 2:  Earth Materials and Process
Chapter 3: Soils and Environment
Chapter 4: Geology and Ecosystems


Chapter 5: Introduction to Natural Hazards
Chapter 6: Rivers and Flooding
Chapter 7: Landslides and Related Phenomena
Chapter 8: Earthquakes and Related Phenomena
Chapter 9: Volcanic Activity
Chapter 10: Coastal Hazards: Coastal Erosion and Hurricanes
Chapter 11: Impact of Extraterrestrial Objects


Chapter 12: Water Resources
Chapter 13: Water Pollution
Chapter 14: Mineral Resources and Environment
Chapter 15: Energy and Environment


Chapter 16: Global Climate Change
Chapter 17: Geology and Society

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