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Earth : Geologic Principles and History - Text Only

Earth : Geologic Principles and History - Text Only - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0618196531

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Earth : Geologic Principles and History - Text Only - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0618196531

Stanley Chernicoff, Haydn A. Fox and Lawrence H. Tanner

ISBN13: 978-0618196531
ISBN10: 0618196536
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Published: 2002
International: No

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 a 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.

  • 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.

Author Bio

Chernicoff, Stanley : University of Washington, Seattle

Stanley Chernicoff received his B.A. degree in Political Science from the City University of New York. After taking a geology class in his final year of school, he was inspired to pursue further study in this field. He subsequently entered the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, geology program where he received his doctorate in Glacial and Quaternary Geology under the guidance of one of America's preeminent glacial geologists, Dr. H.E.Wright.

Since 1981, Chernicoff has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle where he has won several teaching awards. At the university, he has taught classes in Physical Geology, the Great Ice Ages, and the Geology of the Pacific Northwest to more than 20,000 students and has trained hundreds of graduate teaching assistants in the art of bringing geology alive for non-majors.

Fox, Haydn A. : Texas A&M University, Commerce

Haydn A."Chip" Fox received his B.A. in Theology and Journalism from Ambassador College in Big Sandy, TX. In 1986, he returned to college with the intent of becoming an earth science teacher. His interest in geology, earth science, environmental science, and science education eventually led to a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of South Carolina in 1992.

Fox has served in the department of Earth Science at both Southeast Missouri State University and Clemson University. He is currently a faculty member at Texas A&M University, Commerce, where he teaches numerous courses in earth science and the environmental sciences.

Tanner, Lawrence H. : Bloomsburg University

Lawrence H. Tanner received his B.A. in Geology from Williams College in 1978. He subsequently earned a Ph.D in Geology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Currently, he teaches classes in Physical, Environmental and Historical Geology at Bloomsburg University.

Table of Contents

1. A First Look at Planet Earth

The Methods of Science and Geology
The Earth in Space
Rocks and Geologic Time
Plate Tectonics
A Preview of Things to Come

2. Minerals

The Chemistry of Minerals
Identification of Minerals
Some Common Rock-Forming Minerals

3. 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

4. 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

5. Weathering the Breakdown of Rocks

Weathering Processes
Soils and Soil Formation
Weathering in Extraterrestrial Environments

6. Sedimentation and Sedimentary Rocks

The Origins of Sedimentary Rocks
Classifying Sedimentary Rocks
"Reading" Sedimentary Rocks

7. Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks

Conditions Promoting Metamorphism
Types of Metamorphism
Common Metamorphic Rocks
Metamorphic Grade and Index Minerals
Metamorphic Facies and Plate Tectonics
Metamorphic Rocks in Daily Life
Looking Ahead

8. Telling Time Geologically

Geologic Time in Perspective
Determining Relative Age
Determining Absolute Age

9. Folds, Faults, and Mountains

Stressing and Straining Rocks
Building Mountains

10. Earthquakes and the Earth's Interior

Causes and Characteristics of Earthquakes
The Effects of Earthquakes
The World's Principal Earthquake Zones
Coping with the Threat of Earthquakes
Investigating the Earth's Interior

11. 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

12. Mass Movement

What Causes Mass Movement?
Types of Mass Movement
Avoiding and Preventing Mass-Movement Disasters
Extraterrestrial Mass Movement

13. Streams and Floods

The Hydrologic Cycle
The Geological Work of Streams
Controlling Floods
Stream Evolution and Plate Tectonics
Extraterrestrial Stream Activity: Evidence from Mars

14. Groundwater, Caves, and Karst

Groundwater Recharge and Flow
Tapping the Groundwater Reservoir
Finding and Managing Groundwater
Caves and Karst Topography
Highlight 14-2 Mammoth Cave

15. Glaciers and Ice Ages

Glacier Formation and Growth
The Work of Glaciers
Glaciation and Ice Ages
The Earth's Glacial Past
Glaciation on Mars and Jupiter's Europa

16. Deserts and Wind Action

Characteristics of Deserts
The Work of Water in Deserts
The Work of Winds in Deserts
Wind Action on Mars

17. 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

18. Human Use of the Earth's Resources

Reserves and Resources
Fossil Fuels
Alternative Energy Resources
Mineral Resources
Future Use of Natural Resources

19. Interpreting the Past

The Sedimentary Record
The Record of Evolution
The Fossil Record

20. The Precambrian Record

Divisions of Precambrian Time
The Hadean Eon
Archeon Geology
Proterozoic Geology
Precambrian Atmosphere and Climate
Precambrian Life

21. Geology of the Paleozoic Era

Divisions of the Paleozoic
Global Perspective
North America in the Paleozoic

22. Paleozoic Life

The Cambrian Explosion
Paleozoic Marine Life
Life on Land
Palezoic Extinctions

23. Geology of the Mesozoic Era

Divisions of the Mesozoic
Global Perspective
North America in the Mesozoic

24. Mesozoic Life

Mesozoic Marine Life
Life on Land
Late Cretaceous Extinction

25. Geology of the Cenozoic Era

Divisions of the Cenozoic
Global Perspective
North America in the Cenozoic

26. Cenozoic Life

Cenozoic Marine Life
Life on Land
Quarternary Extinction
Human Origins

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