Understanding Earth

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-04
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman

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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

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