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Introduction to Environmental Geology / With CD - 3rd edition

by Edward A. Keller

Introduction to Environmental Geology / With CD (ISBN10: 0131447645; ISBN13: 9780131447646)
ISBN13: 978-0131447646
ISBN10: 0131447645

Summary: For courses in Environmental Geology taken by introductory, non-science majors. Also appropriate for Physical Geology courses emphasizing an environmental perspective.

As the human population increases, many decisions concerning our use of natural resources will determine our standard of living and the quality of our environment. This text helps non-science majors develop an understanding of how geology and humanity interface. Ed Keller--the author who fir ...show morest defined the environmental geology course--focuses on five fundamental concepts of environmental geology: Human Population Growth, Sustainability, Earth as a System, Hazardous Earth Processes, and Scientific Knowledge and Values. These concepts are introduced at the outset of the text, integrated throughout, and revisited at the end of each chapter. Features

  • NEW - New chapter on Impacts of Extraterrestrial Objects (Chapter 10).
  • NEW - New chapter on Waste as a Resource: Waste Management (Chapter 16).
  • NEW - New or extensively revised discussion of:
    • Human population growth (Chapter 1)
    • Importance of isotopes to climate change (Chapter 3)
    • Slow earthquakes (Chapter 5)
    • Alaska earthquake of 2002 (Chapter 5)
    • Evaluation of flooding (Chapter 7)
    • Measuring coastal change (Chapter 9)
    • Emerging global water shortage (Chapter 9)
    • Cleaning Boston Harbor (Chapter 12)
    • Minerals and sustainability (Chapter 13)
    • Coal-bed methane (Chapter 14)
    • Sequestration of carbon in the geologic environment (Chapter 18)
    • Avoiding an environmental crisis (Chapter 19).
  • NEW - Revision of many figures--More clearly illustrate the topics under discussion, based on user feedback.
  • Five Fundamental Concepts of Environmental Geology--Chapter 1 introduces five concepts that unify the diverse topics the student will by studying: Human Population Growth, Sustainability, Earth as a System, Hazardous Earth Processes, and Scientific Knowledge and Values. To make these connections even more clear, at the end of each chapter, the chapter's topic is summarized in terms of these concepts (see "Revisiting Fundamental Concepts").
  • Student-focused chapter structure--Includes consistent learning aids to maximize students' understanding of the material and review of major topics:
    • Learning objectives
    • Chapter summary
    • Detailed references at the end of each chapter
    • Key terms at the end of each chapter
    • Review questions
    • Critical-thinking questions that stimulate students to think about some of the important issues in the text and relate these to their lives and society.
  • Foundations of geology--The text balances environmental considerations with a solid presentation of fundamental concepts and processes of physical geology.
  • Case History and A Closer Look selected features--Added where appropriate to help students relate topics in the text to their world.
  • Comprehensive appendices--Help students grasp some of the more applied aspects of environmental geology; useful for supplementing laboratory exercises and field exercises. Appendices include:
  • Identification of rocks and minerals with accompanying tables and suggestions.
  • Strength of rocks.
  • Introduction to topographic and geologic maps with specific information concerning how to read topographic maps, construct topographic profiles, and understand geologic maps.
  • Introduction to Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) and Global Positioning System instrumentation (GPS).
  • Discussion of how geologists determine and interpret geologic time.
  • A glossary of terms used in the field of environmental geology.
Media
  • Instructor's Resource Center on CD-ROM, with PowerPoint Presentations and Animations--Includes three PowerPoint presentations for each chapter: (1) Lecture outline: "plug-and-play" lecture presentations based on the outline of the text to get you up and running as quickly as possible; (2) Art only: every figure and most of the photos in the text, in order, pre-loaded onto PowerPoint slides; (3) Animations: high quality animations of key geologic processes (see below for more details). Also included are all illustrations and a selection of photos for the text in 16-bit, low-compression JPEG files. All images are manually adjusted for color, brightness, and contrast
  • PH Geoscience Animations--Created through a unique collaboration among five of Prentice Hall's leading geoscience authors, these animations may represent a most significant leap forward in lecture presentation. Available on the Instructor Resource Center on CD, each animation is mapped to the corresponding chapter in Introduction to Environmental Geology 3e. They are provided as both Flash files and, for your convenience, pre-loaded into PowerPoint slides. The list of animations includes:
    • Convergent Margins
    • Seafloor Spreading
    • Faults
    • Transform Faults
    • Foliation
    • Folding
    • P & S Waves
    • Stream Processes
    • Angular Unconformity and Nonconformity
    • Global Warming
    • Beach Drift
    • Seismograph Operations
    • Breakup of Pangea
    • Nebular Hypothesis
    • Oxbow Lake Formation
    • Crater Lake
    • Igneous Features
    • Hydrologic Cycle
    • Tidal Cycle
    • Glacial Processes/Ice Budget
    • Relative Dating
    • Tectonic Settings of Volcanic Activity
    • Glacial Processes/Plucking and Moraines
    • Wave Motion
    • Coastal Processes/Jetties, Groins, Breakwaters
    • Ocean Circulation
    • Accretion of Terranes
    • Global Atmospheric Circulation
    • Cyclones and Anticyclones
  • Hazard City: Assignments in Applied Geology 2e--Included free with every text, Hazard City gives instructors meaningful, easy-to-assign, and easy-to-grade assignments. Based on the idealized town of Hazard City, the assignments put students in the role of a practicing geologist--gathering and analyzing real data, evaluating risk, making assessments and recommendations. The second edition of this widely used CD contains a new module, Shoreline Property Assessment, and, in response to reviewer requests, there are now three sets of assessment questions for each activity.
  • On Line Study Guide: www.prenhall.com/keller--Organized by chapter for easy integration into the course, the Companion Web Site offers numerous review exercises (from which students can get detailed, automatic feedback which they can then transmit to the instructor via e-mail) and continuously updated, annotated Internet links for further exploration. In addition, the Regional Updates section links students to USGS Fact Sheets applicable to their local area.
New To This Edition
  • New chapter on Impacts of Extraterrestrial Objects (Chapter 10).
  • New chapter on Waste as a Resource: Waste Management (Chapter 16).
  • New or extensively revised discussion of:
    • Human population growth (Chapter 1)
    • Importance of isotopes to climate change (Chapter 3)
    • Slow earthquakes (Chapter 5)
    • Alaska earthquake of 2002 (Chapter 5)
    • Evaluation of flooding (Chapter 7)
    • Measuring coastal change (Chapter 9)
    • Emerging global water shortage (Chapter 9)
    • Cleaning Boston Harbor (Chapter 12)
    • Minerals and sustainability (Chapter 13)
    • Coal-bed methane (Chapter 14)
    • Sequestration of carbon in the geologic environment (Chapter 18)
    • Avoiding an environmental crisis (Chapter 19).
  • Revision of many figures--More clearly illustrate the topics under discussion, based on user feedback.
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Edition/Copyright: 3RD 05
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 06/30/2004
International: No

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