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Laboratory Studies in Earth History

  • Paleomagnetism is introduced in this edition
  • A new section on coal was added in Chapter 1
  • Chapter 3 includes a new figure to help illustrate the procedure for making acetate peels
  • An exercise in Chapter 13 includes a new figure to help illustrate the procedure for making acetate peels
  • Improvements were made on the answer forms and an illustrated explanation of ternary diagrams is now provided for sedimentary rock identification and classification
  • Biological classification has been revised with a new table illustrating the distinctions between Domains, Kingdoms, and Phyla
  • The Geological Time Scale has been updated include the recommended revisions of the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS)
  • The What You Will Need section of the labs is now entitled Materials List and is more descriptive in its listing of what will be needed for the completion of the lab

By: Harold L Levin(Author), Michael S Smith(Author)

McGraw Hill

Spiralbound | Oct 2013 | Edition: 10 | #213007 | ISBN-13: 9780078096129
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Utilizing actual case studies and field photographs, this successful lab manual Laboratory Studies in Earth History covers the full spectrum of historical geology sediments, plate tectonics, paleontology, and petrology in flexible, self-contained units. Laboratory Studies in Earth History has been developed for use in both non-majors and combined courses in historical geology.

The exercises emphasize the principles and methods by which geologists discover the origins and changing nature of our planet. These exercises or "studies" will help students understand how ancient conditions can be read from rocks and fossils, how geologic forces at the surface and within the planet can alter the environment, and how events of the past can be placed within an integrated chronological sequence.

The exercises in Laboratory Studies in Earth History are designed for students who may not intend to specialize in geology. This does not mean, however, that the treatment is superficial, nor that it cannot give adequate preparation for students pursuing an academic major in the earth sciences.

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1 Introduction to Sedimentary Rocks
2 Textural Clues to the History of Sediment
3 Sedimentary Rocks under the Microscope
4 Ancient Sedimentary Environments
5 Tectonic Settings
6 Sea-Floor Spreading and Plate Tectonics
7 Age Relations and Unconformity
8 Rock Units and Time-Rock Units
9 The Advance and Retreat of Ancient Shorelines
10 Fossils and Their Living Relatives: Protists, Sponges, Corals, Bryozoans, and Brachiopods
11 Fossils and Their Living Relatives: Mollusks, Arthropods, Echinoderms, Graptolites, and Plants
12 Fossil Indicators of Age, Environment, and Correlation
13 A Brief Survey of the Vertebrates
14 Geologic Maps and Geologic Structures
15 Canadian Shield and Basement Rocks of North America
16 Mountain Belts of North America
17 The Interior Plains and Plateaus
18 Identification of Minerals
19 Igneous Rocks
20 Metamorphic Rocks

List of Tables
List of Colorplates
List of Plates

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