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THE CHANGING EARTH is the first text specifically written for the combined physical and historical geology course. The content is based on the best-selling texts PHYSICAL GEOLOGY: EXPLORING THE EARTH and HISTORICAL GEOLOGY: EVOLUTION OF EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME both written by James Monroe and Reed Wicander. Many of the same features pervade in this edition including a strong emphasis on student relevance and comprehension. The authors lively writing style and abundant use of analogies draw students' into the material, while a completely integrated pedagogical structure enhances comprehension of important concepts. Throughout, the text emphasizes the connections between the content and students' own lives, allowing them to learn more easily and develop a greater appreciation for physical geology.
1. Understanding Earth: An Introduction. 2. Minerals-The Building Blocks of Rocks. 3. Igneous Rocks and Intrusive Igneous Activity. 4. Volcanism and Volcanoes. 5. Weathering, Soil, and Sedimentary Rocks. 6. Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks. 7. Earthquakes and Earth's Interior. 8. The Sea Floor. 9. Plate Tectonics: A Unifying Theory. 10. Deformation and 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 Principles. 18. Evolution-The Theory and Its Supporting Evidence. 19. A History of the Universe, Solar System, and Planets. 20. Precambrian Earth and Life History. 21. Paleozoic Earth History. 22. Paleozoic Life History. 23. Mesozoic Earth and Life History. 24. Cenozoic Earth and Life History. Appendices. Glossary. Index.