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HISTORICAL GEOLOGY teaches students basic geologic principles as well as how scientists apply these principles to unravel Earth's history. Wicander and Monroe present a balanced overview of both the geological and biological history of Earth as a continuum of inter-related events. These events reflect the underlying principles and processes that have shaped our planet. The authors also explain the historical development of these basic principles and processes, and their importance in deciphering Earth history. Three major themes Â- time, evolutionary theory, and plate tectonics Â- are woven together throughout the book. These themes help students link essential material to enhance their understanding of historical geology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495012047
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 10/10/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (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 councillor 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. The Dynamic and Evolving Earth. 2. Earth Materials - Minerals and Rocks. 3. Plate Tectonics - A Unifying Theory. 4. Geologic Time - Concepts and Principles. 5. Rocks, Fossils, and Time - Making Sense of the Geologic Record. 6. Sedimentary Rocks - The Archives of Earth History. 7. Evolution - The Theory and Its Supporting Evidence. 8. Precambrian Earth and Life History - The Hadean and Archean. 9. Precambrian Earth and Life History - The Proterozoic Eon. 10. Geology of the Early Paleozoic Era. 11. Geology of the Late Paleozoic Era. 12. Life of the Paleozoic Era: Invertebrates. 13. Life of the Paleozoic Era: Vertebrates and Plants. 14. Geology of the Mesozoic Era. 15. Life of the Mesozoic Era. 16. Cenozoic Geologic History: Tertiary Period. 17. Cenozoic Geologic History: Quaternary Period. 18. Life of the Cenozoic Era. 19. Evolution of the Primates and Humans.

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