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THE CHANGING EARTH: EXPLORING GEOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, Seventh Edition, is a member of a rare breed of texts written specifically for courses covering both physical and historical geology. Three interrelated themes (plate tectonics, organic evolution, and geologic time) help students understand that Earth is a complex, integrated, and continually changing system. In the new edition authors James S. Monroe and Reed Wicander integrate new content emphasizing the economic impacts of geology. Topics such as fracking, nuclear waste, and the threat of earthquakes are covered in new Geo-Impact boxes that stress real-world applications. Lauded for their clear writing style, the authors go beyond simply explaining geology and its processes; rather, they place that knowledge within the context of human experience by consistently emphasizing relevance, resources, and the environment. New Global Geosciences Watch activities help students learn how to use an extensive database of articles on geology that are updated several times a day and are available exclusively for users of this book.
1. Understanding Earth: A Dynamic and Evolving Planet. 2. Plate Tectonics: A Unifying Theory. 3. Minerals—The Building Blocks of Rocks. 4. Igneous Rocks and Plutons. 5. Volcanoes and Volcanism. 6. Weathering, Erosion, and Soil. 7. Sediment and Sedimentary Rocks. 8. Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks. 9. Earthquakes and Earth's Interior. 10. Deformation, Mountain Building, and Earth's Crust. 11. Mass Wasting. 12. Running Water—Streams and Rivers. 13. Groundwater. 14. Glaciers and Glaciation. 15. The Work of Wind and Deserts. 16. Oceans, Shorelines, and Shoreline Processes. 17. Geologic Time: Concepts and Principles. 18. Organic Evolution—The Theory and Its Supporting Evidence. 19. Precambrian Earth and Life History. 20. Paleozoic Earth History. 21. Paleozoic Life History. 22. Mesozoic Earth and Life History. 23. Cenozoic Earth and Life History. 24. Geology in Perspective.