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Explains fundamental Earth processes to students with little science background, covering the Earth and its materials, internal and surface processes, oceans, the atmosphere, astronomy, and natural resources. Includes chapter reviews and questions, special topics boxes, glossary, and interviews with scientists. Contains numerous color diagrams and photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495114000
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 10/4/2006
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gray Thompson is Professor of Geology at The University of Montana where he teaches Introductory Geology, Mineralogy, Summer Field Mapping, and graduate courses in Clay Mineralogy and Shale Petrology. He has published over 20 research papers in international journals, mostly co-authored with his students. He is also a mountaineer and professional guide with first ascents, many with Jon Turk, of peaks and routes in the Rocky Mountains, Alaska, the Yukon, Baffin Island, the Alps, the Karakoram, and the Himalayas. He has authored many articles published in international climbing magazines and journals, and has been the subject of other articles in these publications. Many of the photographs in his texts were taken by Thompson and Turk on their climbing trips and expeditions over the last eighteen years.

Jon Turk is a chemist, geoscience writer, and adventurer. He received his Ph.D. in 1971 and later that year co-authored the first environmental science college textbook in the country. In the 32 years since then, Jon has continued his career as a science writer by publishing 23 environmental and geoscience texts. Jon's love of unspoiled environments and his fascination for the wild places on this planet have also led to a distinguished career as an adventurer. He has kayaked around Cape Horn as well as the 3,000 miles between Japan and Alaska, crossed the western Gobi of Mongolia, unsupported, on a mountain bike, and was the first to ascend Lamo-she Peak (6070 meters) in the eastern Himalayas (with co-author Gray Thompson). He has written numerous magazine articles about his expeditions as well as an adventure/travel book, COLD OCEANS: ADVENTURES IN KAYAK, ROWBOAT, AND DOGSLED (HarperCollins, 1998).

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Table of Contents

1 Earth Science and the Earth's Origin
Unit 1 The Earth and Its Materials
2 Minerals
3 Rocks
4 Geologic Time, Fossils, Evolution, and Extinction
Conversation with John Horner
Unit II Internal Processes
5 Plate Tectonics
6 Earthquakes and the Earth's Structure
7 Plate Tectonics, Volcanoes, and Plutons
8 Mountains and Geologic Structures
9 The Geological Evolution of North America
Conversation with Paul Hoffman
Unit III Surface Processes
10 Weathering, Soil, and Erosion
11 Streams and Ground Water
12 Glaciers and Wind
Unit IV The Oceans
13 Oceans and Coastlines
14 The Geology of the Ocean Floor
Conversation with Cindy Lee Van Dover
Unit V The Atmosphere
15 The Earth's Atmosphere
16 Weather
17 Climate
18 Air Pollution
Conversation with Stephen Schneider
Unit VI Astronomy
19 Motion in the Heavens
20 Planets and Their Moons
21 The Stars, Space, and Galaxies
Unit VII Natural Resources
22 Geologic Resources
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