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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393930368
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/19/2007
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 880
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Marshak is Professor of Geology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he is also the Director of the School of Earth, Society, and Environment. He holds an AB from Cornell University, an MS from the University of Arizona, and a PhD from Columbia University. Steve’s research interests lie in structural geology and tectonics. This work has taken him into the field on multiple continents. He has also won his college’s and university’s highest teaching awards. In addition to research papers and Earth: Portrait of a Planet, Steve has authored Essentials of Geology; and has co-authored Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology; Earth Structure: An Introduction to Structural Geology and Tectonics; and Basic Methods of Structural Geology.

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Table of Contents

Prelude: And Just What Is Geology? 3
Pt. I Our Island in Space
Ch. 1 Cosmology and the Birth of Earth 15
Ch. 2 Journey to the Center of the Earth 35
Ch. 3 Drifting Continents and Spreading Seas 51
Ch. 4 The Way the Earth Works: Plate Tectonics 77
Pt. II Earth Materials
Ch. 5 Patterns in Nature: Minerals 109
Interlude A: Rock Groups 129
Ch. 6 Up from the Inferno: Magnia and Igneous Rocks 137
Ch. 7 A Surface Veneer: Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks 163
Ch. 8 Change in the Solid State: Metamorphic Rocks 203
Interlude B: The Rock Cycle 227
Pt. III Tectonic Activity of a Dynamic Planet
Ch. 9 The Wrath of Vulcan: Volcanic Eruptions 237
Ch. 10 A Violent Pulse: Earthquakes 269
Interlude C: Seeing Inside the Earth 308
Ch. 11 Crags, Cracks, and Crumples: Crustal Deformation and Mountain Building 319
Pt. IV History Before History
Interlude D: Memories of Past Life: Fossils and Evolution 352
Ch. 12 Deep Time: How Old Is Old? 365
Ch. 13 A Biography of Earth 395
Pt. V Earth Resources
Ch. 14 Squeezing Power from a Stone: Energy Resources 427
Ch. 15 Riches in Rock: Mineral Resources 453
Pt. VI Processes and Problems at the Earth's Surface
Interlude E: Ever-Changing Landscapes and the Hydrologic Cycle 472
Ch. 16 Unsafe Ground: Landslides and Other Mass Movements 481
Ch. 17 Streams and Floods: The Geology of Running Water 507
Ch. 18 Restless Realm: Oceans and Coasts 545
Ch. 19 A Hidden Reserve: Groundwater 581
Ch. 20 An Envelope of Gas: Earth's Atmosphere and Climate 611
Ch. 21 Dry Regions: The Geology of Deserts 645
Ch. 22 Amazing Ice: Glaciers and Ice Ages 667
Ch. 23 Global Change in the Earth System 707
Metric Conversion Chart 736
App. A Scientific Background: Matter and Energy
App. B Flow Charts for Identifying Minerals
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