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Earth's Dynamic Systems - With CD

Earth's Dynamic Systems - With CD - 10th edition

ISBN13: 978-0131420663

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ISBN13: 978-0131420663
ISBN10: 0131420666
Edition: 10TH 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 2004
International: No

Earth's Dynamic Systems - With CD - 10TH 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0131420663

W. Hamblin and Eric H. Christiansen

ISBN13: 978-0131420663
ISBN10: 0131420666
Edition: 10TH 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 2004
International: No

For Introductory courses in Physical or Introductory Geology found in departments of Geology, Earth Science, or Physical Science.

Significantly revised to be an optimum learning tool, the Tenth Edition of Earth's Dynamic Systems maintains its solid coverage of the two major energy systems of Earth: the plate tectonic system and the hydrologic cycle. Boasting a new, highly accessible four-part organization, this renowned text fulfills the needs of professors with current content and a striking illustration package, while exposing students to the global view of Earth and teaching them to look at the world as geologists do.

Features :

  • NEW - A Four-Part Organization:
  • Part I: Earth's Materials--Introduces geologic systems, the materials modified by these systems, and geologic time.
  • Part II: Global Hydrology Systems--Examines the hydrologic system and its subsystems chapter by chapter.
  • Part III: Global Tectonic Systems--Explores the details of the tectonic system and includes chapters on divergent, transform, and convergent boundaries, as well as mantle plumes--the subsystems of the tectonic system;
  • Part IV: Epilogue--Looks at our planet in two ways: by first examining the geologic resources that make life possible, and then by comparing and contrasting Earth with other planets to reveal how unique our planet is.
  • NEW - Updated and Enhanced Student CD-ROM:--Includes dozens of high--quality animations, photographs, and videos.
  • Guided Tours: Narrated by the authors, these animated tours of Earth's major landforms illustrate key concepts in a way the printed word and static pictures cannot.
  • Slideshows: Written and photographed by the authors, the slideshows expand on key concepts from the text.
  • Videos and animations: Gathered from geologists around the world, these illustrate both fundamental concepts and how modern geoscientists study Earth.
  • NEW - GeoLogic Illustrated Essays--Geologists have a unique way of "reading" the landscape. These essays illustrate in words and images how modern geologists interpret the world around us.
  • Helps students understand the science and logic of geology.
  • Examples: Earth as Art (p. ____), Groundwater Systems (p. ____), Structure (p. ____).
  • NEW - Thoroughly updated--Includes updated chapters on planet Earth; slope systems; global patterns of rivers, erosion, weathering using latest remote sensing data. Updated data tables.Keeps subject matter current and relevant to today's world, making material more applicable and timely for students.
  • NEW - Digital Topographic Maps--Provides new maps from the Shuttle Radar Topography mission detailing the continents and seafloor with great attention to accuracy.
  • Gives students a unique visual perspective of the continents and seafloor while bringing subject matter to life.
  • NEW - Upgraded Instructor Support Package--Offers digital access to all illustrations, a host of photographs, CD-ROM video clips, and PowerPoint via the Instructors' Resource Disk, and includes a series of new animations.
  • Provides instructors with a plethora of visual resources to enhance lectures while helping students visualize the complex processes being presented.
  • NEW - Additional panoramic photographs--Opening each chapter, these vivid and intricate photos include those taken specifically for this edition to make geology a visual experience. Examples: Dead Horse Point, Black Canyon in Gunnison, Columbia Plateau Basalts, Shoreline Erosion in California.
  • Presents students with a visual summary of each chapter's main theme.
  • Companion Website ( a vast array of review materials including multiple choice questions, vocabulary review, interpretation of maps, images, and photographs, and critical thinking questions linked to external sources of geologic data and images.
  • Makes material under study more tangible through a host of visual resources, provoking student interest and further exploration while keeping pedagogical aids diversified.
  • Updated State of the Art essays--Explores through essays and images how geologists gather the fundamental observations and data used to understand the world around us.
  • Details for students how geologists make their findings so that students can better understand the processes and techniques geologists employ.
  • Outlines of Major Concepts--Opening each chapter, this resource identifies the chapter's main concepts.
  • Helps students focus on the core material in each chapter.
  • Thesis Statements--Provides a brief statement of the main idea of each section, highlighted in a colored box.
  • Ties material together for students so they can follow the intricate process of physical geology more easily.
  • Guiding Questions--These questions direct students to core concepts and help them focus on key issues.
  • Encourages students to ponder more complex concepts while stimulating their interest in the subject matter.
  • Key Terms--Important terms are printed in bold, and then listed alphabetically with the number of the page on which each appears in the Key Terms section at the end of each chapter.
  • Aids students in understanding geologic concepts.
  • Illustrated Glossary--Concluding the text, approximately 800 geological terms are defined, many of which are accompanied by a detailed illustration.
  • Helps students visualize the meaning of each term so they can more easily comprehend the basic vocabulary of geology.

Author Bio

Hamblin, W. Kenneth : Brigham Young University

Christiansen, Eric H. : Brigham Young University

Table of Contents


1. Planet Earth.
2. Geologic Systems.
3. Minerals.
4. Igneous Rocks.
5. Sedimentary Rocks.
6. Metamorphic Rocks.
7. Structure of Rock Bodies.
8. Geologic Time.


9. The As. tmosphere-Ocean System.
10. Weathering.
11. Slope System.
12. River Systems.
13. Groundwater Systems.
14. Glacier Systems.
15. Shoreline Systems.
16. Eolian System


17. Plate Tectonics.
18. Seismicity and Earth's Interior.
19. Divergent Plate Boundaries.
20. Transform Plate Boundaries.
21. Convergent Plate Boundaries.
22. Hotspots and Mantle Plumes.
23. Tectonics and Landscapes.


24. Earth's Resources.
25. Other Planets.

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