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Dynamic Earth

Early focus on plate tectonics: The topic is discussed thoroughly in the first two chapters of the text. The authors introduce plate tectonics as a natural consequence of Earth's ongoing loss of internal heat, with GPS measurements, isostasy and global patterns of earthquakes and volcanoes as the observational evidence
Emphasis on the Earth system: The concept of Earth as a unified, interconnected system is introduced in Chapter 1, and stressed throughout the text. This approach helps students tie together geologic facts that might otherwise seem disconnected
Plate tectonics and the Earth system are "revisited" in each chapter: A concluding section in each chapter connects the specialized topics of a chapter to the central themes of the book
Personal essays from the authors: Each chapter begins with an essay from one of the authors about his research in the subfield of geology covered in the chapter

By: Brian J Skinner (Author), Stephen C Porter (Author), Jeffrey Park (Author)

628 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations

John Wiley & Sons

Paperback | Oct 2012 | Edition: 5 | #201241 | ISBN-13: 9781118523018
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Paperback | Dec 2003 | Edition: 5 | #141607 | ISBN: 0471451576
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This best-selling physical geology text emphasizes the theme of dynamic change to help students better understand our environment, landscapes, climate, and resources. Dynamic Earth, Fifth Edition introduces plate tectonics and the Earth system early in the text, giving students a sense of how earth processes and systems are interrelated. Both plate tectonics and the Earth system are revisited in a boxed section at the end of each chapter. Instructors who adopt the text will have access to an electronic image bank that includes all line art from Dynamic Earth, numerous animations, and hundreds of photographs.

New to this edition:
- Introduces plate tectonics and the Earth system in the first two chapters. Each chapter also features a section titled Revisiting Plate Tectonics and the Earth System.
- This edition features new co-author and geophysicist Jeffrey Park of Yale University.
- Uses GPS measurements to introduce plate tectonics in Chapter 2. Historic evidence, based on paleomagnetism, is discussed in Chapter 20: Earth Through Geologic Time.
- Features revised chapter order based on feedback from users (see Table of Contents).
- Integrates throughout the book discussions of human effects on the environment. The human race is presented as a force affecting changes to Earth.
- Includes revisions, updates, and corrections in all chapters. About 25% of the illustrations in this edition are new, and many of the new illustrations reflect current and ongoing research.


    Meet Planet Earth!
    Global Tectonics: Our Dynamic Planet
    Atoms, Elements, Minerals
    Igneous Rocks: Products of Earth?s Internal Fire
    Magmas and Volcanoes
    Weathering and Soils
    Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks: Archives of Earth History
    Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks: New Rocks from Old
    How Rock Bends, Buckles, and Breaks
    Earthquakes and Earth's Interior
    Geologic Time and the Rock Record
    The Changing Face of the Land
    Mass Wasting
    Streams and Drainage Systems
    Glaciers and Glaciation
    Atmosphere, Winds, and Deserts
    The Oceans and Their Margins
    Climate and our Changing Planet
    The Earth Through Time
    Resources of Minerals and Energy


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