Earth: Portrait of a Planet

Earth: Portrait of a Planet

by Stephen Marshak

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ISBN-13: 9780393640137
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/15/2018
Edition description: Sixth Edition
Sales rank: 790,764
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Stephen Marshak is a Professor Emeritus of Geology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he taught for 35 years. During this time, he also served as Head of the Department of Geology and as Director of the School of Earth, Society, & Environment. Steve holds an A.B. from Cornell University, an M.S. from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University all in geology. His research interests in structural geology and tectonics have taken him in the field on several continents. Steve, a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, has won the highest teaching awards at both the college and campus levels at the University of Illinois, and has also received a Neil Miner Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers for “exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences.” In addition to research papers and Earth: Portrait of a Planet, Essentials of Geology, Earth Science, and Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology, he has co-authored Earth Structure: An Introduction to Structural Geology and Tectonics, and Basic Methods of Structural Geology.

Table of Contents

Prelude: And Just What Is Geology?3
In Search of Ideas3
The Nature of Geology5
Themes of This Book6
Part IOur Island in Space
Chapter 1Cosmology and the Birth of Earth15
Chapter 2Journey to the Center of the Earth35
Chapter 3Drifting Continents and Spreading Seas51
Chapter 4The Way the Earth Works: Plate Tectonics77
Part IIEarth Materials
Chapter 5Patterns in Nature: Minerals109
Interlude ARock Groups129
Chapter 6Up from the Inferno: Magma and Igneous Rocks137
Chapter 7A Surface Veneer: Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks163
Chapter 8Change in the Solid State: Metamorphic Rocks203
Interlude BThe Rock Cycle227
Part IIITectonic Activity of a Dynamic Planet
Chapter 9The Wrath of Vulcan: Volcanic Eruptions237
Chapter 10A Violent Pulse: Earthquakes269
Interlude CSeeing Inside the Earth308
Chapter 11Crags, Cracks, and Crumples: Crustal Deformation and Mountain Building319
Part IVHistory Before History
Interlude DMemories of Past Life: Fossils and Evolution352
Chapter 12Deep Time: How Old Is Old?365
Chapter 13A Biography of Earth395
Part VEarth Resources
Chapter 14Squeezing Power from a Stone: Energy Resources427
Chapter 15Riches in Rock: Mineral Resources453
Part VIProcesses and Problems at the Earth's Surface
Interlude EEver-Changing Landscapes and the Hydrologic Cycle472
Chapter 16Unsafe Ground: Landslides and Other Mass Movements481
Chapter 17Streams and Floods: The Geology of Running Water507
Chapter 18Restless Realm: Oceans and Coasts545
Chapter 19A Hidden Reserve: Groundwater581
Chapter 20An Envelope of Gas: Earth's Atmosphere and Climate611
Chapter 21Dry Regions: The Geology of Deserts645
Chapter 22Amazing Ice: Glaciers and Ice Ages667
Chapter 23Global Change in the Earth System707
Metric Conversion Chart736
Appendix AScientific Background: Matter and Energy1
Appendix BFlow Charts for Identifying Minerals1

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