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Summary: Earth fulfills the needs of instructors who wish to offer more coverage of geologic history in their freshman-level courses. The first 18 chapters are drawn directly from a respected market leader, Essentials of Geology, and introduce the key concepts of physical geology without delving into detailed discussions, alternate theories, or complicated explanations. Subsequent chapters address core topics of historical geology, beginning with an overview of the field and ...show morea look at the methods employed to study Earth. These eight chapters offer a chronological and comprehensive understanding of Earth's history by exploring the four major periods of its evolution: the Precambrian, the Paleozoic, the Mesozoic, and the Cenozoic era.Edition/Copyright: 02
- The art program explains and reinforces concepts through colorful and pedagogically straightforward illustrations that allow students to see how geological features actually appear and evolve through time.
- The text incorporates material on fascinating developments and significant discoveries, including ongoing eruptions in the Caribbean, Mexico City, and New Zealand; the moment magnitude scale for earthquakes; and the global positioning system used to track plate motion.
- Highlight boxes discuss topics of popular interest and demonstrate how geologic principles are relevant to students' daily lives.
- Two sets of questions appear at the end of every chapter. Questions for Review allow students to test their understanding of the content, while For Further Thought questions challenge them to think critically about the material's implications.
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Year Published: 2002