Summary: The primary purpose of this text is to provide introductory geology students - who have had little or no science background - with a better understanding and appreciation of geology. Thompson & Turk's MODERN PHYSICAL GEOLOGY, Second Edition, stands out through its early coverage of plate tectonics (Chapter 2), the inclusion of special topic areas, and its beautiful design and writing style. It offers a complete overview of all topics in physical geology, includin
g the most recent developments and research in areas of climate change and environmental issues.
Summary: The primary purpose of this text is to provide introductory geology students - who have had little or no science background - with a better understanding and appreciation of geology. Thompson & Turk's MODERN PHYSICAL GEOLOGY, Second Edition, stands out through its early coverage of plate tectonics (Chapter 2), the inclusion of special topic areas, and its beautiful design and writing style. It offers a complete overview of all topics in physical geology, including the most recent developments and research in areas of climate change and environmental issues. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:2ND 97 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Saunders College Division Published: 12/10/2002 International: No
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Thompson, Graham R. : The University of Montana
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UNIT I: THE EARTH: ITS ORIGIN, INTERNAL PROCESSES, AND MINERALS.
1. Geology and the Earth. 2. Plate Tectonics: A First Look. 3. Minerals.
UNIT II: ROCKS.
4. Igneous Rocks. 5. Plutons and Volcanoes. 6. Weathering and Soil. 7. Sedimentary Rocks. 8. Metamorphic Rocks. 9. Geologic Time: A Story in the Rocks.
UNIT III: AN ACTIVE EARTH.
10. Earthquakes and the Earth's Structure. 11. Ocean Basins. 12. Geologic Structures, Mountain Ranges, and Continents.
UNIT IV: SURFACE PROCESSES.
13. Mass Wasting. 14. Fresh Water: Streams and Lakes. 15. Fresh Water: Ground Water and Wetlands. 16. Deserts. 17. Glaciers and Ice Ages. 18. Coastlines.
UNIT V: SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOLOGY.
19. Geologic Resources. 20. Geology and Climate Change. 21. The Geological Evolution of North America. 22. Planets and Their Moons.
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