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Overview

Pipkin and Trent's Third Edition of GEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT explores the relationship between humans and the geologic hazards, processes, and resources that surround us. A true market leader, the book has an accessible and entertaining writing style, superior pedagogy, appropriate amount of detail and coverage, and tables that provide meaningful and relevant real data for readers. With an emphasis on geology that can improve the human endeavor, this new edition addresses the changing market as it consistently emphasizes student decision-making, careers, resources, and relevance. Medical geology, environmental law, land-use planning, and engineering geology are discussed within the context of each geologic situation rather than as separate chapters. The book has been significantly updated to address current events, such as recent earthquakes in Turkey and Taiwan and the Hector Mine earthquake in Southern California. There are now more global references, reflecting the increased scope of this field of study.

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A book/CD-ROM text package for a one-semester undergraduate course for students with little or no science background, featuring color photos and case studies. Sections examine geologic principles, processes, and phenomena and relate them to human activities. This third edition adds chapter openers, and new material on recent natural disasters. The CD- ROM contains activities with simulations, animations, and live data. Pipkin is affiliated with the University of Southern California. Trent is affiliated with Citrus College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534377977
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Series: Earth Science Series
  • Edition description: 3RD BK&CDR
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 8.33 (w) x 11.67 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Bernard W. Pipkin is Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern California. He received his doctorate from the University of Arizona and is a licensed geologist and certified engineering geologist in the state of California. After graduation he worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a variety of military and civil projects, from large dams to pioneer roads in rough terrain for microwave sites. He has been a consulting engineering geologist as well as a university teacher since 1965. Dr. Pipkin is past president of the National Association of Geology Teachers and is a Fellow in the Geological Society of America. He hosted the PBS 30-part program Oceanus that won a local Emmy for Best Educational Television Series. In 1995 he shared the Clare Holdredge Award with Richard Proctor from the Association of Engineering Geologists for their book ENGINEERING GEOLOGY PRACTICE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. He currently lectures on geology on cruise ships and at last count, he and his wife Faye have been involved in 26 cruises throughout the world. Dr. Pipkin is a private pilot with a flight instructor's rating; he took many of the aerial photos in the book. They have three grown children and five grandchildren and live south of Los Angeles on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Dr. D.D. "Dee" Trent has been working at, or teaching, geology since 1955. After graduating from college he worked in the petroleum industry where his geologic skills were sharpened with projects in Utah, Arizona, California, and Alaska. When the company decided to send him to Libya he decided it was time to become a college geology teacher. He has taught for 28 years at Citrus Community College in Glendora, California, and along the way has worked for the National Park Service, done field research on glaciers in Alaska and California, visited numerous mines in the United States and Germany, picked up a Ph. D. from the University of Arizona, appeared in several episodes of the PBS telecourse, The Earth Revealed, and served as an adjunct faulty member at the University of Southern California, where he taught field geology. He and his wife raised two children in Claremont, California and when not involved with geology he's either skiing or playing banjo in a dixieland band.

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Table of Contents

PREFACE 1. HUMANS, GEOLOGY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT Prologue: Associated Press / What is Environmental Geology / Too Many People / Toward a Sustainable Society / Summary / Key Terms / Study Questions / For Further Information 2. GETTING AROUND IN GEOLOGY Prologue: Planetary Rock Stars / The Earth System / Earth Materials / Geologic Time / Age of the Earth / Summary / Key Terms / Study Questions / For Further Information 3. PLATE TECTONICS Prologue: And the Walls Came Tumbling Down / Continental Drift / Sea-Floor Spreading / Plate Tectonics: The Global Theory / Summary / Key Terms / Study Questions / For Further Information 4. EARTHQUAKES AND HUMAN ACTIVITIES Prologue: Tragedy in Taiwan / The Nature of Earthquakes / Seismic Design Considerations / Some Major Earthquakes, 1989-1999 / Earthquake Prediction / Mitigation / Summary / Key Terms / Study Questions / For Further Information 5. VOLCANOES Prologue: Ashes, Ashes, All Fall Down / Who Should Worry / The Nature of the Problem / Benefits of Volcanic Action / Volcanic Hazards / Mitigation and Prediction / Summary / Key Terms / Study Questions / For Further Information 6. SOILS, WEATHERING, AND EROSION Prologue: The Wind Blew and the Soil Flew / Weathering / Soils / Soil Problems / Summary / Key Terms / Study Questions / For Further Information 7. MASS WASTING AND SUBSIDENCE Prologue: How to Cure a Slice on a Golf Course / Flows / Landslides That Move As a Unit / Factors That Lead to Landslides / Reducing Losses from Mass Wasting / Control and Stabilization / Snow Avalanches Subsidence - A Classification of Subsidence / Summary / Key Terms / Study Questions / For Further Information 8. FRESH WATER RESOURCES Prologue: High Plains Aquifer and Other Mining Tales / Water as a Resource / Fresh Water Underground / Location and Distribution / Ground- Water Storage and Management / Water Quality / Conservation and Alternative Sources / Summary / Key Terms / Study Questions / For Further Information 9. SURFACE HYDROLOGIC HAZARDS Prologue: Rivers, Gorges, and National Parks / River Systems / Stream Features / When There Is Too Much Water / Mitigation / Summary / Key Terms / Study Questions / For Further Information 10. THE COASTAL OCEAN ENVIRONMENT Prologue: How Do You Move a 420-ton Lighthouse? / Wind Waves / Shorelines / Hurricanes and Coastal Flooding / Summary / Key Terms / Study Questions / For Further Information 11. GLACIERS, GLACIATION AND LONG-TERM CLIMATE CHANGE The Effects of Glaciation / Factors That Control Climate / Factors That Change Climate / Greenhouse Gases / Getting to the Core of Climate Change / What Is the Evidence of Today's Global Warming? / Causes of Global Warming / Uncertainties of Global Warming / What of the Future? / What Can Be Done about Global Warming? / Conclusion / Summary / Key Terms / Study Questions / For Further Information 12. ARID LANDS AND DESERTIFICATION Prologue: Deflation Basin, Winds , and the North Africa Campaign of World War II / Deserts / Summary / Key Terms / Study Questions / For Further Information 13. MINERAL RESOURCES AND SOCIETY Mineral Abundances and Distribution / Origins of Mineral Deposits / Mineral Reserves / Mineral Resources for the Future / Mining and Its Environmental Impacts / Mine Land Reclamation / The Future of Mining / Summary / Key Terms / Study Questions / For Further Information 14. ENERGY RESOURCES Prologue: Flaming Ice, Energy, and the Greenhouse / Petroleum / Coal / Nonconventional Fossil Fuels / Problems of Fossil Fuel Combustion / Energy for the Future / Nuclear Energy / Nuclear Waste Disposal / Energy From the Sea / Summary / Key Terms / Study Questions / For Further Information 15. WASTE MANAGEMENT AND GEOLOGY Prologue: Geology and Trash Talk / Municipal Waste Disposal / The Completed Landfill Hazardous Waste Disposal / Wastewater Treatment / Summary / Key Terms / Study Questions / For Further Information / APPENDIX I: THE PERIODIC TABLE / APPENDIX II: MINERAL TABLE / APPENDIX III: PLANES IN SPACEā€”DIP AND STRIKE / APPENDIX IV: PORES, FLOW, AND FLOATING ROCKS / APPENDIX V: INTERNET SOURCES OF INFORMATION / GLOSSARY / INDEX / CREDITS

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