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Dynamic Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology

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    ISBN: 9781449659844

Christiansen & Hamblin

An up-to-date and comprehensive exploration of how Earth works

New technologies has given us many different ways to examine the Earth. For example, we can penetrate deep into the interior of our planet and effectively X-ray its internal structure. With this technology comes an increased awareness of how our planet is continually changing and a fresh awareness of how fragile it is.

Designed for the introductory Physical Geology course found in Geology, Earth Science, Geography, or Physical Science departments, Dynamic Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology clearly presents Earth's dynamic geologic systems with their many interdependent and interconnected components. It provides comprehensive coverage of the two major energy systems of Earth: the plate tectonic system and the hydrologic cycle. The text fulfills the needs of professors by offering current content and a striking illustration package, while exposing students to the global view of Earth and teaching them to view the world as geologists.

The book is divided in four parts. Part I presents Earth’s materials and how they are created by geologic systems. Part II discusses the hydrologic system by examining subsystems chapter by chapter. Plate tectonics is the theme of Part III, with separate chapters on divergent, transform, and convergent boundaries, as well as mantle plumes—the subsystems of the tectonic system. In Part IV, the book looks back and applies the principles learned to see how Earth’s resources formed and just how different Earth is when compared with other planets.

The special attention to the illustrations helps students fully experience the excitement and satisfaction of visualising and understanding geology, making Dynamic Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology a unique exploration into our ever-evolving planet.

Features & Benefits:

- Unlike other texts on the subject, Dynamic Earth provides enhanced coverage of the global tectonic system in a process-based systems approach. This approach provides students with a conceptual framework for Earth's tectonic system and helps them see the 'big picture', thus explaining how Earth’s surface features, climate system, and rock types are all shaped by the tectonic system.
- Includes up-to-date information on major geologic events, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, floods, and more.
- Contains numerous drawings and photographs to illustrate the geologic systems. Many of the photos were taken by the authors with a geologic lesson in mind.
- Features short essays titled GeoLogic and State of the Art. The GeoLogic essays illustrate the scientific method and show the logic behind using simple observations to come to important conclusions about the way Earth works. The State of the Art series highlights new techniques used to understand Earth’s systems–satellites, analytical instruments, GPS receivers, seismic arrays, etc.
- Utilises digital topographic maps to help readers see the detail of the seafloor and continental topography. These maps serve as a visual study aid for students.
- Every new printed copy includes access to the Navigate Companion Website where students will find a wealth of learning and study tools to help them succeed in their course, including practice quizzes, critical thinking questions, numerical problems, additional illustrations, and a list of links to external resources including videos of geology in action--debris flows, lava flows, shoreline processes, etc.
- Accompanied by an Instructor's Media CD containing a PowerPoint Image Bank and PowerPoint Lecture Outlines.  A downloadable Test Bank is also available.

Table of Contents:

Part 1  Earth Materials

Chapter 1  Planet Earth
Chapter 2  Geologic Systems
Chapter 3  Minerals
Chapter 4  Igneous Rocks
Chapter 5  Sedimentary Rocks
Chapter 6  Metamorphic Rocks
Chapter 7  Deformed Rocks
Chapter 8  Geologic Time
Part 2  Earth’s Hydrologic System
Chapter 9  The Climate System: Earth’s Atmosphere and Oceans
Chapter 10  Weathering
Chapter 11  Slope Systems
Chapter 12  River Systems
Chapter 13  Groundwater Systems
Chapter 14  Glacier Systems
Chapter 15  Shoreline Systems
Chapter 16  Eolian Systems
Part 3  Earth’s Tectonic System
Chapter 17  Plate Tectonics
Chapter 18  Seismicity and Earth’s Interior
Chapter 19  Divergent Plate Boundaries
Chapter 20  Transform Plate Boundaries
Chapter 21  Convergent Plate Boundaries
Chapter 22  Hotspots and Mantle Plumes
Chapter 23  Tectonics and Landscapes
Part 4  Epilogue
Chapter 24  Earth’s Resources
Chapter 25  Other Planets

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