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Explores the relationship between humans and the geologic hazards, processes, and resources that surround us. This stellar author team has the most field expertise, and the greatest depth of experience in bringing this knowledge to the student of any in this market. In the sixth edition of this popular text the authors have fully integrated coverage of how climate change and global warming impact geologic processes. Both human and non-human-induced climate change topics are discussed in a newly developed chapter called The Earth System and Climate Change.
This chapter sets the context for understanding how Man's interaction with the Earth System is a contributor to climate change and global warming. The acclaimed Case Studies feature at the end of chapters now includes 10 cases on climate change and global warming topics. "Geology and the Environment" is written with an emphasis on how geology can improve the human condition. This new edition updates demographic statistics and the problems of overpopulation, reviewing what we have to do in order to create a sustainable society for the next generation. The new edition also introduces a new feature called Questions to Ponder, which further encourages students to think critically about pressing issues of social and environmental importance.
1. Humans, Geology, and the Environment. 2. Getting around in Geology. 3. Plate Tectonics. 4. Earthquakes and Human Activities. 5. Volcanoes. 6. Soils, Weathering, and Erosion. 7. Mass Wasting and Subsidence. 8. Fresh Water Resources. 9. Hydrologic Hazards at the Earth"s Surface. 10. Coastal Environments and Humans. 11. Glaciation and Long-Term Climate Change. 12. Arid Lands and Desertification. 13. Mineral Resources and Society. 14. Energy and the Environment. 15. Waste Management and Geology. Appendix I: Periodic Table of the Elements. Appendix II: Some Important Minerals. Appendix III: Planes in Space: Dip and Strike. Appendix IV: Modified Mercalli Scale. Index.