Earth: Portrait of a Planet / Edition 4

Earth: Portrait of a Planet / Edition 4

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by Stephen Marshak
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393935183

ISBN-13: 9780393935189

Pub. Date: 10/17/2011

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

The Fourth Edition of Earth: Portrait of a Planet provides the perfect balance between an authoritative, yet accessible text and a stunning narrative art program. This makes it the book of choice for instructors and students, who all have their own diverse styles of both teaching and learning. The Fourth Edition of this best-selling text constitutes a

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The Fourth Edition of Earth: Portrait of a Planet provides the perfect balance between an authoritative, yet accessible text and a stunning narrative art program. This makes it the book of choice for instructors and students, who all have their own diverse styles of both teaching and learning. The Fourth Edition of this best-selling text constitutes a major revision, packed with recent updates and new features such as beautiful and innovative narrative figures, stimulating inquiry-based pedagogy, a tightened core narrative, hundreds of new photographs, and coverage of hot topics, like the March 2011 earthquake/tsunami that devastated Japan, the rare element crisis, the shifting price of oil, and the recent tornado outbreaks.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393935189
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/17/2011
Edition description:
Fourth Edition
Pages:
819
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Prelude: And Just What Is Geology?3
In Search of Ideas3
The Nature of Geology5
Themes of This Book6
Part IOur Island in Space
Chapter 1Cosmology and the Birth of Earth15
Chapter 2Journey to the Center of the Earth35
Chapter 3Drifting Continents and Spreading Seas51
Chapter 4The Way the Earth Works: Plate Tectonics77
Part IIEarth Materials
Chapter 5Patterns in Nature: Minerals109
Interlude ARock Groups129
Chapter 6Up from the Inferno: Magma and Igneous Rocks137
Chapter 7A Surface Veneer: Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks163
Chapter 8Change in the Solid State: Metamorphic Rocks203
Interlude BThe Rock Cycle227
Part IIITectonic Activity of a Dynamic Planet
Chapter 9The Wrath of Vulcan: Volcanic Eruptions237
Chapter 10A Violent Pulse: Earthquakes269
Interlude CSeeing Inside the Earth308
Chapter 11Crags, Cracks, and Crumples: Crustal Deformation and Mountain Building319
Part IVHistory Before History
Interlude DMemories of Past Life: Fossils and Evolution352
Chapter 12Deep Time: How Old Is Old?365
Chapter 13A Biography of Earth395
Part VEarth Resources
Chapter 14Squeezing Power from a Stone: Energy Resources427
Chapter 15Riches in Rock: Mineral Resources453
Part VIProcesses and Problems at the Earth's Surface
Interlude EEver-Changing Landscapes and the Hydrologic Cycle472
Chapter 16Unsafe Ground: Landslides and Other Mass Movements481
Chapter 17Streams and Floods: The Geology of Running Water507
Chapter 18Restless Realm: Oceans and Coasts545
Chapter 19A Hidden Reserve: Groundwater581
Chapter 20An Envelope of Gas: Earth's Atmosphere and Climate611
Chapter 21Dry Regions: The Geology of Deserts645
Chapter 22Amazing Ice: Glaciers and Ice Ages667
Chapter 23Global Change in the Earth System707
Metric Conversion Chart736
Appendix AScientific Background: Matter and Energy1
Appendix BFlow Charts for Identifying Minerals1
Glossary1
Credits1
Index1

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