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More than any other introductory physical geology textbook,Understanding Earthinvites students into the working world of professional geologists to experience. Like no other textbook, it involves students in the way geologists see the world and how they go about exploring it. With new features, up-to-date research, brillant new art, and standard-setting new media tools, the new edition more fully envelopes students in the real work and real-world impact of geology than ever.
Table of Contents
Part I. The Modern Theory and Practice of Geology 1. The Earth System 2. Plate Tectonics: The Unifying Theory
Part II. Basic Geologic Processes 3. Earth Materials: Minerals and Rocks 4. Igneous Processes: Rocks Formed from Cooling Melts 5. Sedimentation: Rocks Formed by Surface Processes 6. Metamorphism: Modification of Rocks by Temperature and Pressure 7. Deformation: Modification of Rocks by Folding and Faulting
Part III. Earth and Planets Through Geologic Time 8. Reading the Rock Record 9. Early History of the Terrestrial Planets 10. Evolution of the Continents 11. Life Interacts with the Earth
Part IV. Internal Geosystems 12. Volcanoes 13. Earthquakes 14. Exploring Earth's Interior
Part V. Surficial Geosystems 15. The Climate System 16. Weathering, Soils, and Mass Wasting 17. Groundwater and the Hydrologic Cycle 18. Streams: Transport to the Oceans 19. Winds and Deserts 20. Oceans and Coastlines 21. Glaciers: The Work of Ice 22. Landscapes and Seascapes
Part VI. Earth Science and Society 23. The Human Impact on Earth's Environment