GEOL: Student Edition

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Overview

Created through a "student-tested, faculty-approved" review process with over 70 students and faculty, GEOL, First Edition, is an engaging and accessible solution to accommodate the diverse lifestyles of today's learners at a value-based price. This streamlined yet comprehensive text focuses on the core concepts of physical geology, including strong coverage of systems and plate tectonics, while also devoting three chapters to historical geology to give students a complete overview of all facets of introductory geology. This reader-friendly, visually striking text brings geology to life even for non-science majors, providing the knowledge and understanding they need to build on their natural curiosity about the landscapes around them, as well as the environmental and resource issues they encounter in the news. GEOL, First Edition, offers a thorough and effective introduction to geology that will help students appreciate the importance of physical geology and its relevance to their everyday lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780538494533
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Series: Available Titles CourseMate Series
  • Pages: 435
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (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 B.A. 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 chair of the Acritarch Subcommission of the Commission Internationale de Microflore du Paleozoique. He has coauthored 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 beginning in 1975 and served as chair of the Geology department. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Montana. He has coauthored several textbooks with Reed Wicander and has interests in Cenozoic geology and geologic education. Monroe 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: A Dynamic and Evolving Planet. 2. Plate Tectonics: A Unifying Theory. 3. Minerals—The Building Blocks of Rocks. 4. Igneous Rocks and Intrusive Igneous Activity. 5. Volcanoes and Volcanism. 6. Weathering, Soil, and Sedimentary Rocks. 7. Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks. 8. Earthquakes and Earth's Interior. 9. The Seafloor. 10. Deformation, Mountain Building, and the Continents. 11. Mass Wasting. 12. Running Water. 13. Groundwater. 14. Glaciers and Glaciation. 15. The Work of Wind and Deserts. 16. Shorelines and Shoreline Processes. 17. Geologic Time: Concepts and Principals. 18. Earth History. 19. Life History.

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