Earth: Portrait of a Planet / Edition 3

Earth: Portrait of a Planet / Edition 3

by Stephen Marshak
ISBN-10:
039393036X
ISBN-13:
9780393930368
Pub. Date:
12/19/2007
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

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Overview

Earth: Portrait of a Planet / Edition 3

This survey is the first to weave together the three major intellectual revolutions in the Earth Sciences that have occurred in the last forty years—the theory of plate tectonics, the Earth-Systems-Science synthesis, and the connection between the evolution of life and the evolution of the Earth itself.

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ISBN-13: 9780393930368
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/19/2007
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 880
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
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
Glossary1
Credits1
Index1

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