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Earth's Natural Resources

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John Walther 

Earth's Natural Resources provides a thorough overview of the subject and details how natural resources relate to individuals and our society. It discusses how the Earth's natural resources form and change over time, how they are extracted for human use, and how we can continue to sustainably use them with our ever-growing global population.

The text begins with the basics of energy-giving resources such as oil, natural gas, and coal, as well as alternative energy sources and nuclear power.  It goes on to cover the earth's abundant and scarce metals, followed by elements used in agriculture, water and its distribution, quality, and usage. The final section highlights soil composition, minerals, and degradation.

In each section, the author discusses the science of the element under consideration, as well as any environmental and sustainability concerns that have arisen as humans have harvested the resources with increasing effectiveness.

Features & Benefits:

- Provides a thorough overview of our natural resources and how society affects these resources

- Includes discussion of where natural resources occur, how they are concentrated, how they are extracted, and the extent of their supply and usage

- Contains content on the latest alternative energy resources

- Offers end-of-chapter material including, chapter summaries, key term listings, problems, and references

- Instructor resources include PowerPoint Image Bank, PowerPoint Lecture Outlines, and answers to the end-of-chapter problems

Table of Contents:

Chapter  1  Understanding the Earth's Natural Resources: An Introduction
Part  1  Energy Resources
Chapter  2  Petroleum
Chapter  3  Natural Gas, Coal, and Related Resources
Chapter  4  Alternative Energy Resources
Chapter  5  Nuclear Power
Part  2  Metals
Chapter  6  Abundant Metals
Chapter  7  Scarce Metals: Ferro-Alloy Metals
Chapter  8  Scarce Metals: Base Metals
Chapter  9  Scarce Metals: Precious and Specialty Metals
Part  3  Building and Industrial Material, Chemical Minerals, Fertilizer, and Gases
Chapter  10  Building Material and Industrial Minerals
Chapter  11  Chemicals from Evaporation of Water and Gaseous Elements from Air
Part  4  Water and Soil Resources
Chapter  12  The Distribution and Movement of Water
Chapter  13  Water Quality, Usage, and Law
Chapter  14  Soil as a Resource

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