Physical Geology

ISBN-10: 0471056685

ISBN-13: 9780471056683

Edition: 1987

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Description: Here is the successor to a long line of physical geology texts from Longwell, Flint and Skinner. While retaining their authoritativeness and logical organization on elementary topics (landforms, rocks, minerals), it integrates current thinking on processes (plate techtonics, chemical cycles, changes throughout geologic time). It is a well-illustrated introduction to investigations into the way the earth works, how mountains are formed, how the atmosphere, hydrosphere, crust and mantle interact with each other. Treatments on climate, paleoclimatology and landscape evolution are unique to this book, as is the depth of discussion on how greatly human activity affects geological interactions. Discusses K/Tertiary boundary and subsea volcanoes.

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Book details

List price: $155.95
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/31/1987
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 768
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 4.444
Language: English

Matthew Parris was born in Africa in 1949 and grew up in Cyprus, Rhodesia, Jamaica and Britain. He became an MP in 1979, and after seven years a Conservative MP he became the regular parliamentary sketchwriter for The Times. His books include his autobiography Chance Witness, Read My Lips, Scorn with Added Vitriol, and Inca-Kola. Parris is a regular travel writer, reviewer, broadcaster and columnist, and has presented Great Lives since 2006.

Planet Earth and its Materials
The Human Planet
The Earth: Inside and Out
Energy, Matter, and Minerals
Magma, Volcanoes, and Igneous Rock
Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks
Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks
Time and the Changing Landscape
Stratigraphy and the Geologic Column
Geological Time and Its Determination
Weathering, Soils, and Mass-Wasting
Groundwater
Streams and Drainage Systems
Deserts and Wind Action
Glacial and Periglacial Landscapes
The Oceans and Their Margins
The Dynamic Earth
Deformation of Rock
Earthquakes, Isostasy, and the Earth's Internal Properties
Dynamics of the Lithosphere
History of the Continental Crust
The Evolution of Landscapes
Climate and Climatic Change
The Earth's Resources
Sources of Energy
Sources of Materials
Beyond Planet Earth
The Planets: A Review
Appendices
Glossary
Photo Credits
Index
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