The Changing Earth: Exploring Geology and Evolution / Edition 6

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Overview

THE CHANGING EARTH: EXPLORING GEOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, Seventh Edition, is a member of a rare breed of texts written specifically for courses covering both physical and historical geology. Three interrelated themes (plate tectonics, organic evolution, and geologic time) help students understand that Earth is a complex, integrated, and continually changing system. In the new edition authors James S. Monroe and Reed Wicander integrate new content emphasizing the economic impacts of geology. Topics such as fracking, nuclear waste, and the threat of earthquakes are covered in new Geo-Impact boxes that stress real-world applications. Lauded for their clear writing style, the authors go beyond simply explaining geology and its processes; rather, they place that knowledge within the context of human experience by consistently emphasizing relevance, resources, and the environment. New Global Geosciences Watch activities help students learn how to use an extensive database of articles on geology that are updated several times a day and are available exclusively for users of this book.

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A text/CD-ROM package for an introductory course in geology, treating geology and its processes and offering an understanding of how geology relates to the human experience. Coverage encompasses the Earth's materials, earthquakes and the Earth's interior, surface processes, geologic time, fossils and evolution, the origin of the universe, and the geologic history of the Earth. This second edition contains a new section on Earth systems, and updated information on resources and environmental issues, plus new chapter openers and special topics boxes. Many new color photos and illustrations have been added. The authors are affiliated with Central Michigan University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780840062086
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/22/2011
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 332,822
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James S. Monroe is Professor Emeritus of Geology at Central Michigan University, where he taught Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Prehistoric Life, and Stratigraphy and Sedimentology beginning in 1975 and served as chair of the Geology department. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Montana. He has coauthored several textbooks with Reed Wicander and has interests in Cenozoic geology and geologic education. Monroe now lives in Chico, California, where he remains active in geology by teaching courses to a large group of retirees.

Reed Wicander is a geology professor at Central Michigan University, where he teaches Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Prehistoric Life, and Invertebrate Paleontology and was previously chair of the department. He obtained his B.A. at San Diego State University and his Ph.D. at UCLA. His main research interests involve various aspects of Paleozoic palynology, specifically the study of acritarchs, on which he has published numerous papers. He is a past president of the American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists and currently a councilor of the International Federation of Palynological Societies and chair of the Acritarch Subcommission of the Commission Internationale de Microflore du Paleozoique. He has coauthored several geology textbooks with James S. Monroe.

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Table of Contents

1. Understanding Earth: A Dynamic and Evolving Planet. 2. Plate Tectonics: A Unifying Theory. 3. Minerals—The Building Blocks of Rocks. 4. Igneous Rocks and Plutons. 5. Volcanoes and Volcanism. 6. Weathering, Erosion, and Soil. 7. Sediment and Sedimentary Rocks. 8. Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks. 9. Earthquakes and Earth's Interior. 10. Deformation, Mountain Building, and Earth's Crust. 11. Mass Wasting. 12. Running Water—Streams and Rivers. 13. Groundwater. 14. Glaciers and Glaciation. 15. The Work of Wind and Deserts. 16. Oceans, Shorelines, and Shoreline Processes. 17. Geologic Time: Concepts and Principles. 18. Organic Evolution—The Theory and Its Supporting Evidence. 19. Precambrian Earth and Life History. 20. Paleozoic Earth History. 21. Paleozoic Life History. 22. Mesozoic Earth and Life History. 23. Cenozoic Earth and Life History. 24. Geology in Perspective.

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