Exploring Earth An Introduction to Physical Geology

ISBN-10: 0134639367

ISBN-13: 9780134639369

Edition: 1st 1997

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Description: Exploring Earth is the first introductory text to take an integrated approach to physical geology within the framework of geologic processes. The text's conventional table of contents is followed by a topical table of contents, enabling more coverage.

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List price: $74.67
Edition: 1st
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 12/10/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 477
Size: 8.46" wide x 10.63" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Planet Earth: Acting and Interacting
The Changing Planet: Earth as a System
Understanding Earth: The Question of Scale
Geologic Time: An Important Perspective
A Process Approach to Physical Geology
Earth Systems and Connections: Can Plate Tectonics Cause Ice Ages?
A Matter of Perspective: Big and Small Numbers
The Philosophy of Science
Earth: Origin and Composition
The Composition of the Universe
The Building Blocks of the Universe
Our Solar System
The Planet Earth
The Future of Earth and Our Solar System
A Chemistry Refresher: Atoms and Molecules
The Doppler Shift: Evidence for the Expanding Universe and Other Solar Systems
Impacts and Their Effects on Earth
Planetary Density
The Moon
Composition and Time
Minerals: The Building Blocks of Rocks
What Is a Mineral? Crystals
Mineral Properties
Mineral Groups
Distribution of Elements and Minerals in Earth
A Chemistry Refresher: Atoms and the Periodic Table
Determining Crystal Structures and Compositions
Mineral Stability and Phase Diagrams
Thin Sections
The Cornerstones of Geology: Rocks!
Igneous Rocks
Sedimentary Rocks
Metamorphic Rocks
The Rock Cycle
Simulating Earths' Interior
Crystallization of Lava: The Hawaiian Lava Lake
Determining Metamorphic Pressures and Temperatures
Getting Information from Rocks: Observation and Interpretation
Earth Processes: Physical Principles
Seismic Waves
Velocity Variations within Earth
Gravity and Isostasy
Geomagnetism
The Velocities of Seismic Waves
Isostasy: Controls on Surface Elevation
Magnetic Fields in Space
The Perspective of Geologic Time
The Age of Earth
Dating the Geologic Record
Radioactive Dating
Meteorite Impacts and Mass Extinctions
Dating Rocks, Minerals, and Other Materials Using Isotopes
Carbon Dating and Its Uses
Earth Dynamics
Plate Tectonics
Continental Drift: The Beginnings of the Idea
Plate Tectonics: A Unifying Theory
The Rock Record: Fossils, Climate, and Continents
Plates and Plate Boundaries
A Plate-Tectonic Link to Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Topography of the Lithosphere
What Drives Plate Motions?
Plumes, Subducted Slabs, and the Workings of Place Tectonics
Plate Motions through Geologic Time
Ocean Basin Depths and Satellite Altimetry
The Nature of the Low-Velocity Zone
The San Andreas Fault, California
Hawaii: An Example of Intraplate Magmatism
Vector Notation for Plate Motion
Deformation, Earthquakes, and Formation of Geologic Structures
Crustal Deformation
Geologic Structures
Earthquakes
Plate Motions and Earthquakes
Intraplate Deformation
The Volcano Deformation Cycle
Calculation of Moment Magnitude
Prediction of the Haicheng Earthquake of 1975
The Loma Prieta Earthquake
Volcanic Deformation in Hawaii
Making and Breaking Plates
Rifts: Windows to the Mantle
Oceanic Rifting. T
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