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Earth's Evolving Systems, Second Edition

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    Second Edition
    ISBN: 9781284108293

Ronald E. Martin

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Earth’s Evolving Systems: The History of Planet Earth, Second Edition explores the complex processes and interactions that have shaped our planet. Employing a systems perspective, this introductory text covers topics such as the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere, and discusses how these systems, plate tectonics, and life have interacted with each other and evolved through geologic time. This approach to Earth’s history integrates the study of modern Earth systems with past ones piquing students’ interest in the process. No other text bridges the gap between traditional historical geology and the behavior of Earth systems, and does so with higher quality art and illustrations. Capturing the dynamism of our planet’s fascinating history, Earth’s Evolving Systems: The History of Planet Earth, Second Edition provides the bedrock to understanding this exciting science.


Features & Benefits
  • Introduces the concepts and processes of Earth systems and their basic interactions at an introductory level in the first six chapters
  • Visually stunning design with over 300 NEW and REVISED images and illustrations that unlock complex topics and geological processes
  • A major theme is the method of multiple working hypotheses and debates, offering a broad perspective to the covered topics.
  • The origins of the planet and life and its evolution are presented within the context of the major eras, including Proterozoic, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Paleogene, and Neogene
  • Each chapter begins with a list of Major Concepts and Questions Addressed in This Chapter. The new interior text design uses icons to indicate where each of these Major Concepts are addressed within the chapter to help students study.
  • Each chapter ends with basic Review Questions and more challenging Food for Thought questions, which go beyond the basic information of the chapter and stimulate students to think about what they have learned in a broader context. These questions are great for individual or group assignments in or outside of the classroom.

Table of Contents:
Part  1  Earth Systems: Their Nature and Their Study
Chapter  1  Investigating Earth Systems
Chapter  2  Plate Tectonics
Chapter  3  Earth Systems: Processes and Interactions
Chapter  4  Sedimentary Rocks, Sedimentary Environments, and Fossils
Chapter  5  Evolution and Extinction
Chapter  6  Geologic Time and Stratigraphy
Part  2  The Precambrian Origin and Early Evolution of Earth’s Systems
Chapter  7  An Extraordinary Beginning: The Hadean and Archean
Chapter  8  The Origins of Life
Chapter  9  The Proterozoic: Life Becomes a Geologic Force
Chapter  10  Life’s Big Bang: The Explosive Origins and Early Diversification of Multicellular Animals
Part  3  The Phanerozoic: Toward the Modern World
Chapter  11  The Early-to-Middle Paleozoic World
Chapter  12  Late Paleozoic World
Chapter  13  The Mesozoic Era
Chapter  14  The Cenozoic Era: The Paleogene Period
Chapter  15  The Cenozoic Era: The Neogene Period
Part  4  Humans and the Environment
Chapter  16  Rapid Climate Change During the Holocene
Chapter  17  The Anthropocene: Humans as an Environmental Force

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