464 pages, Col photos, illus, figs, maps
This introductory geology textbook explores the interactions among the many parts of the Earth system and the new approaches being used to study and assess these interactions. The CD - ROM guides though applied and basic research problems confronted by professional geologists.
Part One: THE THIRD PLANET * Earth in Space: The Science of the Earth System * Earth's Materials: Atoms, Elements, Minerals, and Rocks * Earth in Time: The Rock Record and Geologic Time Part Two: THE DYNAMIC EARTH * Plate Tectonics: A Unifying Theory * Earthquakes and the Earth's Interior * From the Earth's Interior: Volcanoes and Igneous Rocks Part Three: THE CHANGING EARTH * Weathering and Erosion * From Sediment to Rock: Rocks that Form near the Earth's Surface * Folds, Faults, and Geologic Maps * Metamorphism: Making New Rock from Old * The Rock Cycle Revisited: Where Different Rocks Form and Why Part Four: WATER WORLD * Water On and Under the Ground * Oceans, Winds, Waves, and Coastlines * Deserts, Glaciers, and Climatic Change Part Five: LIVING ON PLANET EARTH * A Brief History of Life on Earth * Earth Resources * The Role of Geoscientists in the Twenty-First Century APPENDIX A: Units and their Conversions APPENDIX B: The Chemical Elements APPENDIX C: Bowen's Reaction Series APPENDIX D: Interpreting Geologic Maps
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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.