Geology An Introduction to Physical Geology

ISBN-10: 0131474642

ISBN-13: 9780131474642

Edition: 4th 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Stanley Chernicoff, Donna Whitney

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This book teaches whateveryoneneeds to know about geology and how science and scientists work. Readers will discover a new appreciation for their surroundings, learning how to prepare for any number of geologic and environmental threats and how our Earth can continue providing all of our needs for food, shelter, and material well-being as long as we donrsquo;t squander these resources.The latest discoveries in the geosciences are covered, including Earth systems interactions, continental tectonics and mountain-building, a vastly expanded treatment of the geologic timescale and the evolution of life, and more. Up-to-the-minute examples of exciting geological processes are presented, such as the most recent volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunami, floods, and discoveries on Mars and on the Earthrsquo;s own seafloors.For anyone interested in exploring how physical geology impacts the world around us.
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List price: $161.60
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 1/4/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 744
Size: 9.00" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 3.762
Language: English

To the Student
Forming the Earth
A First Look at Planet Earth-Its Origins, Systems, and Tectonic Plates
What Is Geology?
The Earth as a System
Geologists-How They Do Their Work
The Earth in Space
Plate Tectonics-A First Look
In Support of Plate Tectonics-A Theory Develops
A Preview of Things to Come
Chapter 1 Summary
What Is a Mineral?
A Mineral's Structure
Identifying Minerals
The Earth's Rock-Forming Minerals
Finding and Naming Minerals
Gemstones-The Earth's Most Valuable Minerals
Minerals as Clues to the Past
Chapter 2 Summary
Igneous Rocks and Processes
A Brief Introduction to Igneous Rocks and Processes
Melting Rocks and Crystallizing Magma
Intrusive Rock Formations
Plate Tectonics and Igneous Rock
Igneous Rocks of the Moon
The Economic Value of Igneous Rocks
Chapter 3 Summary
Volcanoes and Volcanism
Volcanoes and Life
The Nature and Origin of Volcanoes
The Products of Volcanism
Eruptive Styles and Associated Landforms
Plate Tectonics and Volcanism
Coping with Volcanic Hazards
Extraterrestrial Volcanism
Chapter 4 Summary
Weathering-The Breakdown of Rocks
Weathering Processes
Soils and Soil Formation
Weathering in Extraterrestrial Environments
Chapter 5 Summary
Sedimentary Processes, Environments, and Rocks
The Origins of Sedimentary Rocks
Classifying Sedimentary Rocks
"Reading" Sedimentary Rocks
Chapter 6 Summary
Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks
What Is Metamorphism?
What Drives Metamorphism?
Types of Metamorphism
Common Metamorphic Rocks
Temperatures and Pressures of Metamorphism
Plate Tectonics and Metamorphic Rocks
Metamorphic Rocks in Daily Life
The Rock Cycle Revisited
Chapter 7 Summary
Telling Time Geologically
Geologic Time in Perspective
Determining Relative Age
Determining Numerical Age
The Geologic Time Scale
Chapter 8 Summary
Timeline of Earth History
Shaping the Earth's Crust
Earth Structures-Folds, Faults, and Fabrics
Stress and Strain
Seeing Structures
Chapter 9 Summary
The Causes of Earthquakes
The Products of Earthquakes-Seismic Waves
Measuring Earthquakes-Which Scale to Use?
Locating an Earthquake's Epicenter
Earthquake Depth and Magnitude
The Effects of Earthquakes
The World's Principal Earthquake Zones
Coping with the Threat of Earthquakes
The Moon-A Distant Seismic Outpost
Chapter 10 Summary
The Earth's Interior-What's Going on Down There?
Investigating the Earth's Interior
Taking the Earth's Temperature
The Earth's Gravity
Chapter 11 Summary
Plate Tectonics and the Formation of the Earth's Oceans
Some Plate-Tectonic Basics
The Nature and Origin of the Ocean Floor
Determining Plate Velocity
The Driving Forces of Plate Motion
Chapter 12 Summary
Continental Tectonics and the Formation of the Earth's Continents
The Origin and Shaping of Continents
The Tectonic History of the North American Continent
Chapter 13 Summary
Sculpting the Earth's Surface
Mass Movement
What Causes Mass Movement?
Types of Mass Movement
Avoiding and Preventing Mass-Movement Disasters
Extraterrestrial Mass Movement
Chapter 14 Summary
Streams and Floods
The Earth's Water
The Geological Work of Streams
Controlling Floods
Stream Evolution and Plate Tectonics
Extraterrestrial Stream Activity-Evidence from Mars
Chapter 15 Summary
Groundwater Infiltration and Flow
Tapping the Groundwater Reservior
Finding and Managing Groundwater
Maintaining Groundwater Quality
Caves and Karst-The Products of Groundwater Erosion
Karst Topography
Chapter 16 Summary
Glaciers and Ice Ages
Glacier Formation and Growth
The Work of Glaciers
Reconstructing Ice Age Climates
The Causes of Glaciation
The Earth's Glacial Past
Glaciation on Other Planets and Moons
Chapter 17 Summary
Deserts and the Work of Winds
Identifying Deserts
The Work of Water in Deserts
The Work of Winds in Deserts
Wind Action on Mars
Chapter 18 Summary
Shores and Coastal Processes
Waves, Currents, and Tides
Processes That Shape Coasts
Types of Coasts
Plate-Tectonic Settings of Coasts
Sea-Level Fluctuations and Coastal Evolution
Chapter 19 Summary
Human Use of the Earth's Resources
Reserves and Resources
Fossil Fuels
Alternative Energy Resources
Mineral Resources
Future Use of Natural Resources
Chapter 20 Summary
Conversion Factors for English and Metric Units
A Statistical Portrait of Planet Earth
Reading Topographic and Geologic Maps
Mineral-Identification Charts
Photo Credits
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