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Geology Today : Understanding Our Planet / With CD

Geology Today : Understanding Our Planet / With CD - 99 edition

Geology Today : Understanding Our Planet / With CD - 99 edition

ISBN13: 9780471167334

ISBN10: 0471167339

Geology Today : Understanding Our Planet / With CD by Barbara W. Murck and Brian J. Skinner - ISBN 9780471167334
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
International: No
Geology Today : Understanding Our Planet / With CD by Barbara W. Murck and Brian J. Skinner - ISBN 9780471167334

ISBN13: 9780471167334

ISBN10: 0471167339

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 99

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This book provides an introduction to the six main areas of physical geography. It uses an earth systems approach to discuss the planet as a whole, plate tectonics, rocks and rock formation, surface processes, oceans/atmospheres, and resources.

Author Bio

Murck, Barbara :

As an undergraduate, Barbara Murck was a confirmed nonscientist, until an introductory geology course changed her plans. Since then her professional focus has ranged from igneous geochemistry and ore-deposit petrography to alternative energy sources and state-of-the-environment reporting. Her current work focuses primarily on environmental management training for decision makers in developing countries.

Skinner, Brian :

Brian Skinner was born and raised in Australia on the edge of what is now called degraded land--some call it desert. That is where he gained his earliest interest in the complex interactions that make up our environment. He has been privileged to work on every continent and to be involved in the beginnings of what we now call the Space Age. His interests are most centrally involved with mineral and energy resources, but because these materials are found in a great many geological environments, his professional interests are diverse.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Earth in Space: The Science of the Earth System.
Earth's Materials: Atoms, Elements, Minerals, and Rocks.
Earth in Time: The Rock Record and Geologic Time.


Plate Tectonics: A Unifying Theory.
Earthquakes and the Earth's Interior.
Folds, Faults and Mountain-Building.
From Earth's Interior: Volcanoes and Igneous Rock.


Weathering and Erosion.
From Sediment to Rocks: Rocks that Form Near the Earth's Surface.
New Rock From Old: Metamorphism.
Putting It All Together: Where Different Rocks Form and Why.


Water On and Under the Land.
Ocean, Atmosphere, and Coastlines.
Deserts, Glaciers, and Climatic Change.


A Brief History of Life on Earth.
Earth Resources.
Geosciences for the 21st Century.