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Geology From Experience: Hands-On Labs and Problems in Physical Geology


By: Kirsten E Peters and Larry E Davis

295 pages, Col plates, illus, figs, tabs, maps

W.H. Freeman & Co. Ltd

Paperback | Feb 2001 | #118532 | ISBN: 0716731452
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NHBS Price: £60.99 $77/€72 approx

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Moving away from the observation-and-vocabulary focus of traditional geology lab manuals, Peters and Davis' "Geology from Experience" offers experiments that favour hands-on involvement and scientific problem-solving. Students are asked to use geological tools and techniques; analzye data from observation, experiment and research; solve simple equations; and make assessments and relevant predictions. This approach, class-tested by the authors, gives students a taste of the scientific experience by revealing the ways geologists actually do their work.


Paper-and-pencil tools; laboratory tools - significant figues, interpolation, time, and precision; minerals and gems; "fire-formed" igneous rocks; sedimentary rocks - formed from sediments in water and wind; metamorphic rocks - heated, pressured, transformed; geologic time, relatively speaking; geologic time, absolutely speaking; plate tectonics - geology's grand theory; earthquakes; landslides, slumps and creeps; topographic maps-revealing the shape of the land; rock deformatio and geologic maps; streams and flooding; groudwater; catastrophic change - impact craters and outburst flooding; gradual change - glaciers, deserts, shorelines, climate.

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