Earth: Portrait of A Planet, 5th International Student Edition

ISBN: 9780393938173

Helping you learn what a Geologist sees.

 

The fifth edition of the bestselling textbook Earth: Portrait of A Planet features stunning art, the most up-to-date science, and a wealth of online learning tools, all developed under the critical eyes of Stephen Marshak. Heavily revised with remarkably detailed photographs, animations, and maps, the text offers rich and engaging pedagogy, an expanded chapter on energy, and coverage of recent global events from Hurricane Sandy and the Washington Landslide to Typhoon Haiyan and the Japanese Tsunami.

Features

  • A carefully crafted Art and Media Program to show you what a Geologist sees.
  • Rich online learning tools that help you visualize and grasp core concepts.
  • Keeps you current with a modern earth systems approach to science.
  • Expanded, consistent pedagogy highlights key concepts.
Stephen Marshak
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
PART I: OUR ISLAND IN SPACE
1. Cosmology and the Birth of Earth
2. Journey to the Center of the Earth
3. Drifting Continents and Spreading Seas
4. The Way the Earth Works: Plate Tectonics

PART II: EARTH MATERIALS
5. Patterns in Nature: Minerals
Interlude A: Introducing Rocks
6. Up from the Inferno: Magma and Igneous Rocks
Interlude B: A Surface Veneer: Sediments and Soils
7. Pages of Earth’s Past: Sedimentary Rocks
8. Metamorphism: A Process of Change
Interlude C: The Rock Cycle in the Earth System

PART III: TECTONIC ACTIVITY OF A DYNAMIC PLANET
9. The Wrath of Vulcan: Volcanic Eruptions
10. A Violent Pulse: Earthquakes
Interlude D: The Earth’s Interior-Revisited: Seismic Layering, Gravity, and the Magnetic Field
11. Crags, Cracks, and Crumples: Crustal Deformation and Mountain Building

PART IV: HISTORY BEFORE HISTORY
Interlude E: Memories of Past Life: Fossils and Evolution
12. Deep Time: How Old Is Old?
13. A Biography of Earth

PART V: EARTH RESOURCES
14. Squeezing Power from a Stone: Energy Resources
15. Riches in Rock: Mineral Resources

PART VI: PROCESSES AND PROBLEMS AT THE EARTH’S SURFACE
Interlude F: Ever-Changing Landscapes and the Hydrologic Cycle
16. Unsafe Ground: Landslides and Other Mass Movements
17. Streams and Floods: The Geology of Running Water
18. Restless Realm: Oceans and Coasts
19. A Hidden Reserve: Groundwater
20. An Envelope of Gas: Earth’s Atmosphere and Climate
21. Dry Regions: The Geology of Deserts
22. Amazing Ice: Glaciers and Ice Ages
23. Global Change in the Earth System

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