Earth: Portrait of a Planet / Edition 3

Earth: Portrait of a Planet / Edition 3

by Stephen Marshak
     
 

ISBN-10: 039393036X

ISBN-13: 9780393930368

Pub. Date: 12/19/2007

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

This survey is the first to weave together the three major intellectual revolutions in the Earth Sciences that have occurred in the last forty years—the theory of plate tectonics, the Earth-Systems-Science synthesis, and the connection between the evolution of life and the evolution of the Earth itself.

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Overview

This survey is the first to weave together the three major intellectual revolutions in the Earth Sciences that have occurred in the last forty years—the theory of plate tectonics, the Earth-Systems-Science synthesis, and the connection between the evolution of life and the evolution of the Earth itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393930368
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/19/2007
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
880
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

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

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