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ESSENTIALS OF GEOLOGY, Fourth Edition is a shorter version of the authors' PHYSICAL GEOLOGY: EXPLORING THE EARTH, Fifth Edition text. In the same tradition, the authors present the content and material in a clear, consistent voice, focusing on plate tectonics in the first two chapters and offering more material on earth history than other texts in the market. The authors also draw the student into physical geology by providing engaging examples, as can be seen in the "Cultural Connection" boxes, a new pedagogical feature in this edition. Chapter opener objectives are now numbered so that students can easily recognize the crucial points of the chapter while reading and then they are numbered again in the chapter summary, for review. The Fourth Edition has numerous new photos that will be of interest to faculty and students alike and offers a new online student tutorial called GeologyNow. GeologyNow is the first assessment-centered student tutorial technology developed for the Geology market. The seamless integration of GeologyNow with chapter concepts emphasizes the connections between the content and students' own lives, through visual 3-D animations and chapter quizzes, in order to develop a greater appreciation for physical geology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495013655
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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 bachelor's 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 chairman of the Acritarch Subcommission of the Commission Internationale de Microflore du Paleozoique. He has co-authored several geology textbooks with James S. Monroe.

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 since 1975 and was in the past also chairman of the geology department. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Montana. He has co-authored several textbooks with Reed Wicander and has interests in Cenozoic geology and geologic education. Stew now lives in Chico, California, where he remains active in geology by teaching courses to a large group of retirees.

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Table of Contents

1. Understanding Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology. 2. Plate Tectonics: A Unifying Theory. 3. Minerals: The Building Blocks of Rocks. 4. Igneous Rocks and Intrusive Igneous Activity. 5. Volcanism and Volcanoes. 6. Weathering, Erosion, and Soil. 7. Sediment and Sedimentary Rock. 8. Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks. 9. Earthquakes and Earth's Interior. 10. Deformation and Mountain Building. 11. Mass Wasting. 12. Running Water. 13. Groundwater. 14. Glaciers and Glaciation. 15. The Work of Wind and Deserts. 16. The Seafloor, Shorelines, and Shoreline Processes. 17. Geologic Time: Concepts and Principals. 18. Earth History. 19. Life History.
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