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Meet the Author
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.
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.
Richard W. Hazlett is the winner of 1996 and 2001 Wig Awards for teaching excellence at Pomona College. He is the first Stephen M. Pauley Chair in Environmental Analysis at the college, receiving this appointment in 2001. His main research interests involve volcanic stratigraphy, igneous petrology and resources, but most recently has been exploring land use issues focusing on the American West. Dr. Hazlett styles himself as transitioning from hard-core geology to environmental studies with a land use/natural resource emphasis. He is a co-author with Bernard Pipkin and Dee D. Trent on GEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT and the script author of the EARTH REVEALED telecourse series.
Understanding Earth: A Dynamic and Evolving Planet 1
Plate Tectonics: A Unifying Theory 9
Minerals-The Building Blocks of Rocks 19
Igneous Rocks and Intrusive Igneous Activity 27
Volcanoes and Volcanism 37
Weathering, Erosion, and Soil 45
Sediment and Sedimentary Rocks 53
Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks 63
Geologic Time: Concepts and Principles 73
Earth's Interior 93
The Seafloor 103
Deformation, Mountain Building, and the Evolution of Continents 111
Mass Wasting 121
Running Water 129
Glaciers and Glaciation 149
The Work of Wind and Deserts 159
Shorelines and Shoreline Processes 167
Geology and Humanity 177
Answers to Questions 181