9780471167334

Geology Today: Understanding Our Planet

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  • ISBN13:

    9780471167334

  • ISBN10:

    0471167339

  • Edition: 1
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-01-01
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Summary

This text is intended for Introduction to Physical Geology, a one-semester course offered at the freshman/sophomore level. It is non-quantitative in nature and is truly written for the audience of non-science students who take this course.Geology Today: Understanding Our Planet addresses the topic of physical geology from a "whole earth" perspective to show students how geologic processes are inter-related. The text is divided into 5 parts; each of the three middle parts highlights a cycle (plate tectonics, the rock cycle, hydrologic cycle) and places it into context of the beginning and ending parts.

Author Biography

As an undergraduate, Barbara Murck was a confirmed nonscientist, until an introductory geology course changed her plans. Since then her professional focus has ranged from igneous geochemistry and ore-deposit petrography to alternative energy sources and state-of-the-environment reporting. Her current work focuses primarily on environmental management training for decision makers in developing countries. Brian Skinner was born and raised in Australia on the edge of what is now called degraded land—some call it desert. That is where he gained his earliest interest in the complex interactions that make up our environment. He has been privileged to work on every continent and to be involved in the beginnings of what we now call the Space Age. His interests are most centrally involved with mineral and energy resources, but because these materials are found in a great many geological environments, his professional interests are diverse.

Table of Contents

PART ONE THE THIRD PLANET 1(84)
Earth in Space: The Science of the Earth System
3(26)
Earth's Materials: Atoms, Elements, Minerals, and Rocks
29(28)
Earth in Time: The Rock Record and Geologic Time
57(28)
PART TWO THE DYNAMIC EARTH 85(102)
Plate Tectonics: A Unifying Theory
87(30)
Earthquakes and the Earth's Interior
117(32)
From the Earth's Interior: Volcanoes and Igneous Rocks
149(38)
PART THREE THE CHANGING EARTH 187(138)
Weathering and Erosion
189(28)
From Sediment to Rock: Rocks That Form Near the Earth's Surface
217(24)
Folds, Faults, and Geologic Maps
241(30)
Metamorphism: Making New Rock from Old
271(24)
The Rock Cycle Revisited
295(30)
PART FOUR WATER WORLD 325(108)
Water On and Under the Ground
327(40)
Oceans, Winds, Waves, and Coastlines
367(30)
Deserts, Glaciers, and Climatic Change
397(36)
PART FIVE LIVING ON PLANET EARTH 433
A Brief History of Life on Earth
435(34)
Earth Resources
469(34)
The Role of Geoscientists in the 21st Century
503
Appendix
A Units and Their Conversions
A1
B Tables of the Chemical Elements and Naturally Occurring Isotopes
A7
C Tables of the Properties of Selected Common Minerals
A12
D Bowen's Reaction Series
A19
E Symbols Commonly Used on Geologic Maps
A22
Glossary G1
Credits C1
Index I1

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