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Exploring Earth Jon P. Davidson

Exploring Earth By Jon P. Davidson

Exploring Earth by Jon P. Davidson


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Adopting an integrated approach, this introductory text covers areas of physical geology including plate tectonics, earthquakes, formation of geologic structures, divergent plate margins and the ocean floor, the conservative boundary, weathering, and sedimentary systems.

Exploring Earth Summary

Exploring Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology by Jon P. Davidson

Exploring Earth is the first introductory text to take an integrative approach to physical geology within the framework of geologic processes. The text places plate tectonics as a central theme and organizes material around plate boundaries. *Approach. This book portrays Geology as it really is - a science that integrates Physics, Chemistry, and Biology - within the context of a process organization that places these fundamental principles within a Geological framework. *Organization. Unique process-oriented focus helps students gain a better understanding of how Earth works. *Art Program. Meticulously produced art program features many illustrative photos, maps and line drawings. Frequently, a single graphic is composed of both line art and photographs. These images make it easier for students to conceptualize material within the larger geologic process. *Pedagogy. - Speed Bumps: Brief interim summaries are incorporated throughout chapters, especially after discussion of important concepts, allowing students to pause, review, remember, and then continue their studies. - Cross-references: Cross references are included to help students build their understanding of the many connections within Earths systems. These are marked by an icon, and indicate where the referenced material was introduced or previously mentioned. Pg. 83 - End-of-Chapter Materials: Each chapter concludes with 'Questions for Review and Further Thought' and a list of suggested readings. Pg. 220 *Enrichment Material. - Focus Boxes: Take a closer, more in-depth look at interesting topics presented in a chapter. Some examples include 'Simulating Earths Interior' ; 'The Eruption of Mount St. Helens' ; 'Why is the Ocean Salty?' ; and 'The Antarctic Ozone Hole'. Pg. 230, 408 - Living with Geology: These boxes help students understand the environment and how it directly affects our lives. Topics include 'Can Earthquakes be Controlled?' ; 'Acid Rain' ; 'Explosive Volcanic Eruptions: A Hazard to Aircraft'; and 'Damming a Wild River'.Pg. 160, 251 *Comprehensive Ancillary Package: The text is accompanied by a variety of useful materials for both students and instructors. The package includes an innovative World Wide Web site, http://www.prenhall.com/davidson that brings the power of the internet to the introductory study of Physical Geology, Life on the Internet - Geoscience which is a students guide to accessing and utilizing the internet, The New York Times - The Changing Earth, a variety of lab materials (available at a discount when packaged with the text), as well a high-quality traditional supplements package.

Table of Contents

1. The Changing Planet Introduction. Understanding Earth: The Question of Scale. Geologic Time: An Important Perspective. A Process Approach to Physical Geology. 2. Earth: Origin and Composition The Composition of the Universe. The Building Blocks of the Universe. Our Solar System. The Planet Earth. The Future of Earth and Our Solar System. 3. Minerals: The Building Blocks of Rocks What is a Mineral? Atoms: The Building Blocks of Minerals. Crystals. A Survey of Mineral Properties. Mineral Groups. Distribution of Elements and Minerals in Earth. 4. The Cornerstones of Geology: Rocks! Igneous Rocks. Sedimentary Rocks. Metamorphic Rocks. The Rock Cycle. 5. Earth Processes: Physical Principles Seismic Waves. Velocity Variations Within Earth. Gravity and Isostasy. Geomagnetism. 6. Plate Tectonics Continental Drift: The Beginnings of the Idea. Plate Tectonics: A Unifying Theory. The Rock Record: Fossils, Climate, and Continents. Plates and Plate Boundaries. A Plate-Tectonic Link to Earthquakes and Volcanoes. Topography of the Lithosphere. What Drives Plate Motions? Plate Motions Through Geologic Time.Living With Geology: Can Plate Tectonics Cause Ice Ages? 7. Deformation, Earthquakes, and Formation of Geologic Structures Crustal Deformation. Geologic Structures. Earthquakes. Plate Motions and Earthquakes. Interplate Deformation. Volcano Deformation Cycle. 8. Divergent Plate Margins and the Ocean Floor Rifts: Windows to the Mantle. Oceanic Rifting. Continental Rifting. 9. Plates That Collide: Convergent Margins The Action at Convergent Margins. Sedimentation in Arc Environments. Continental Collisions: Plate Suturing. Collage Tectonics and Exotic Terranes. Living With Geology. 10. The Conservative Boundary: Transform Plate Margins The Nature of Transform Margins. Oceanic Transform Faults. Living With Geology. 11. Plate Interiors The Structure of Plates. Sedimentation in Plate Interiors. Seismicity and Earthquakes in Plate Interiors. Intraplate Magmatism. 12. The Formation of Sediment: Weathering Physical Weathering: The Disaggregation of Rocks into Sediment. Chemical Weathering: Oxidation, Hydration, and Hydrolysis of Minerals. Weathering and Plate-Tectonic Setting. The Role of Climate in Weathering. Living With Geology. 13. Sedimentary Systems: Transportation and Deposition of Sediments. Transportation of Sediments. Deposition of Sediments. Tectonic Control on Sedimentary Processes and Depositional Environments. Living With Geology. 14. Geomorphology: The Study of Landforms Mass Wasting. Shaping the Surface: The Hydrologic Cycle. Fluvial Geomorphology. Glaciers. Deserts. Coasts. Controls on Geomorphology at Passive and Active Continental Margins. 15. Geologic Hazards and the Environment Earthquakes. Volcanic Hazards. Flooding. Landslides. Coastal Erosion Problems. Surface Subsidence. Pollution. The Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming. The Ozone Hole. Volcanoes and Atmospheric Pollution. Volcanoes and Climate 16. Earths Resources Mineral Resources. Mineral Deposits. Fossil Fuels. Water. Appendices.

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GOR005632676
9780134639369
0134639367
Exploring Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology by Jon P. Davidson
Used - Good
Paperback
Pearson Education (US)
1996-12-13
477
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