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Earth: Portrait of a Planet, 7th International Student Edition

ISBN: 9780393882766

This book is being used at:
Auckland University of Technology, Curtin University, Federation University, University of Adelaide, University of New England, University of South Australia, University of Tasmania, University of the Sunshine Coast, University of Waikato

The gold standard text for helping students visualize and understand geologic processes. Earth: Portrait of a Planet, 7th International Student Edition makes hands-on and real-world exploration easier and more impactful than ever, thoroughly updated with current events and essential data, the 7th Edition reveals the dynamism of geology and how it impacts our lives.

Features

  • New “What Can You See?” activities at the end of every chapter: analyze real-world sites and think like a geologist by using sketches, cross-sections, and landscape feature identification to connect important geology concepts.

  • Applies course concepts to current events: Topics include debates about fracking (Chapter 14), assessing flooding hazards for your region (Chapter 17), and how different rock types lead to different sculpture art (Chapter 8). The Seventh Edition also explains recent geologic events and natural disasters to help students understand how geology impacts human communities.

  • NEW 3D models bring geologic specimens and sites right into your class: new 360° 3D models allow you to examine specimens of rocks, minerals, and geologic structures, as well as digital elevation models, as if in the field or lab.

Stephen Marshak

Preface
Prelude:  And Just What Is Geology?

PART I:  OUR ISLAND IN SPACE
Chapter 1:  Cosmology and the Birth of the Earth
Chapter 2:  Journey to the Center of the Earth
Chapter 3:  Drifting Continents and Spreading Seas
Chapter 4:  The Way the Earth Works: Plate Tectonics

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

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

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

PART V:  EARTH RESOURCES
Chapter 14:  Squeezing Power from a Stone: Energy Resources
Chapter 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
Chapter 16:  Unsafe Ground: Landslides and Other Mass Movements
Chapter 17:  Streams and Floods: The Geology of Running Water
Chapter 18:  Restless Realm: Oceans and Coasts
Chapter 19:  A Hidden Reserve: Groundwater
Chapter 20:  An Envelope of Gas: The Earth’s Atmosphere and Climate
Chapter 21:  Dry Regions: The Geology of Deserts
Chapter 22:  Amazing Ice: Glaciers and Ice Ages
Chapter 23:  Global Change in the Earth System

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