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Essentials of Geology

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ISBN-10: 0618221514

ISBN-13: 9780618221516

Edition: 3rd 2003

Authors: Stanley Chernicoff, Haydn A. Fox

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Weathering and plate tectonics have produced some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth. This vividly illustrated text can help the reader to visualize and understand these geological processes and how they continue to affect the environment in which we live.
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List price: $205.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 7/23/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 7.44" wide x 9.69" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 2.662
Language: English

Forming the Earth
A First Look at Planet Earth
The Methods of Science and Geology
The Earth in Space Rocks and Geologic Time Plate Tectonics
The Earth as a System
A Preview of Things to Come
The Chemistry of Minerals
Identification of Minerals
Some Common Rock-Forming Minerals
Igneous Processes and Igneous Rocks
What Is Magma?
Classification of Igneous Rocks
Igneous Rock Formation
Intrusive Rock Structures
Plate Tectonics and Igneous Rock
Igneous Rocks on the Moon
The Economic Value of Igneous Rocks
Volcanoes and Volcanism
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
Weathering--The Breakdown of Rocks
Weathering Processes Soils and Soil Formation
Weathering in Extraterrestrial Environments
Sedimentation and Sedimentary Rocks
The Origins of Sedimentary Rocks
Classifying Sedimentary Rocks
"Reading" Sedimentary Rocks
Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks
What Drives Metamorphism?
Types of Metamorphism
Common Metamorphic Rocks
Metamorphic Grade and Index
Minerals Metamorphic Rocks and Plate Tectonics Metamorphic Rocks in Daily Life
Looking Ahead
Telling Time Geologically
Geologic Time in Perspective
Determining Relative Age
Determining Numerical Age
Shaping the Earth's Crust
Folds, Faults, and Mountains
Stressing and Straining Rocks
Folds Faults Building Mountains
Earthquakes and the Earth's Interior Causes and Characteristics of Earthquakes
The Products of Earthquakes--Seismic Waves
The Effects of Earthquakes
The World's Principal Earthquake Zones Coping with the Threat of Earthquakes
Investigating the Earth's Interior
Plate Tectonics: Creating Oceans and Continents
Development of the Theory of Plate Tectonics
Determining Plate Velocity
The Nature and Origin of the Ocean Floor
The Origin and Shaping of Continents
The Driving Forces of Plate Motion
Sculpting the Earth's Surface
Mass Movement
What Causes Mass Movement?
Types of Mass Movement Avoiding and Preventing Mass-Movement Disasters
Extraterrestrial Mass Movement
The Hydrologic Cycle Streams
The Geological Work of Streams
Stream Evolution and Plate Tectonics Controlling Floods
Extraterrestrial Stream Activity: Evidence from Mars
Groundwater, Caves, and Karst
Groundwater Recharge and Flow Tapping the Groundwater Reservoir
Finding and Managing Groundwater Caves and Karst Topography--
The Products of Groundwater Erosion
Glaciers and Ice Ages
Glacier Formation and Growth
The Work of Glaciers Glaciation and Ice Ages
The Earth's Glacial Past Glaciation on Jupiter's Europa and Mars
Deserts and Wind Action Characteristics of Deserts
The Work of Water in Deserts
The Work of Winds in Deserts
Desertification Wind Action on Mars
Shores and Coastal Processes Waves, Currents, and Tides Processes That Shape Coasts
Types of Coasts
Coastal Evolution and Plate Tectonics
Protecting Coasts and Coastal Environments
Human Use of the Earth's Resources
Reserves and Resources Fossil Fuels
Alternative Energy Resources
Mineral Resources
Future Use of Natural Resources
A Brief History of Earth and Its Life Forms
The Geologic Time Scale Precambrian History
The Paleozoic Era
The Mesozoic Era
The Cenozoic Era
Putting It All Together
Conversion Factors for English and Metric Units
A Statistical Portrait of Planet Earth
Reading Topographic and Geologic Maps D. Mineral-Identification Charts