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Written for an introductory one-semester geology course, this text is a brief version of Thompson/Turk's MODERN PHYSICAL GEOLOGY. Thompson/Turk's brief text offers professors a more streamlined alternative to the longer, more detailed introductory text. INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL GEOLOGY emphasizes human-environment interactions and discusses the latest research in physical geology. Beautiful illustrations and clear writing style set this text apart from other geology texts.
1. Geology and the Earth. 2. Plate Tectonics: A First Look. 3. Minerals. 4. Igneous Rocks. 5. Plutons and Volcanoes. 6. Weathering and Soil. 7. Sedimentary Rocks. 8. Metamorphic Rocks. 9. Geologic Time: A Story in the Rocks. 10. Earthquakes and the Earth's Structure. 11. Ocean Basins. 12. Geologic Structures, Mountain Ranges, and Continents. 13. Mass Wasting. 14. Streams and Lakes. 15. Ground Water. 16. Deserts. 17. Glaciers and Ice Ages. 18. Coastlines. 19. Geologic Resources.