Earth Portrait of a Planet

ISBN-10: 0393974235
ISBN-13: 9780393974232
Edition: 2001
Authors: Stephen Marshak
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Book details

Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 840
Size: 9.25" wide x 11.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 4.048
Language: English

Since 1960, there have been two major theoretical advances in the Earth sciences: the theory of plate tectonics and the advent of Earth systems science. Stephen Marshak\'s beautifully written and illustrated new text is the first to incorporate both of these discoveries from its inception. Earth: Portrait of a Planet covers all the topics of a traditional physical geology course, but also includes such topics as historical geology, environmental geology, the Earth?s resources, the oceans and atmosphere, cosmology, and global change. What results is a fascinating, comprehensive ?portrait? of planet Earth.

Preface
Prelude: And Just What Is Geology?
In Search of Ideas
The Nature of Geology
Themes of This Book
Our Island in Space
Cosmology and the Birth of Earth
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Drifting Continents and Spreading Seas
The Way the Earth Works: Plate Tectonics
Earth Materials
Patterns in Nature: Minerals
Rock Groups
Up from the Inferno: Magma and Igneous Rocks
A Surface Veneer: Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks
Change in the Solid State: Metamorphic Rocks
The Rock Cycle
Tectonic Activity of a Dynamic Planet
The Wrath of Vulcan: Volcanic Eruptions
A Violent Pulse: Earthquakes
Seeing Inside the Earth
Crags, Cracks, and Crumples: Crustal Deformation and Mountain Building
History Before History
Memories of Past Life: Fossils and Evolution
Deep Time: How Old Is Old?
A Biography of Earth
Earth Resources
Squeezing Power from a Stone: Energy Resources
Riches in Rock: Mineral Resources
Processes and Problems at the Earth's Surface
Ever-Changing Landscapes and the Hydrologic Cycle
Unsafe Ground: Landslides and Other Mass Movements
Streams and Floods: The Geology of Running Water
Restless Realm: Oceans and Coasts
A Hidden Reserve: Groundwater
An Envelope of Gas: Earth's Atmosphere and Climate
Dry Regions: The Geology of Deserts
Amazing Ice: Glaciers and Ice Ages
Global Change in the Earth System
Metric Conversion Chart
Scientific Background: Matter and Energy
Flow Charts for Identifying Minerals
Glossary
Credits
Index

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