Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology

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To understand timely issues such as natural disasters and environmental challenges–and to evaluate solutions to related problems–the average citizen needs a basic awareness of the scientific principles that influence our planet. This trusted book makes an often-complex subject accessible to readers with a strong focus on readability and illustrations. Offers a meaningful, non-technical survey that is informative and up to date for learning basic principles and concepts. Includes a revised and expanded GEODe Earth CD-ROM. Updates and revises art and illustrations to include dozens of new high-quality, photographs carefully selected to aid understanding and add realism. Provides a wealth of new special-interest boxes, including "Earth as a System," "People and the Environment," and "Understanding Earth." A useful reference for anyone interested in learning more about Earth's geology.

3 comments on “Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology”

  1. Clear Explanations, Short on Details This book is decent. In general, it gives very basic introductions that lack a lot of details. For example, on page 363 the upper layer of an ophilolite is described as "sediment" and "deep-sea sediment" instead of naming the characteristic chert, and on page 366 the author includes a map and discussion of the East Africa Rift without mentioning that the Gulf of Aden is the dead third arm of the rift zone. However, for the parts that it DOES cover, the book offers very simple explanations that...

  2. A Fantastic Surprise I took Intro to Geology this past fall as a final class to obtain my Associate's in Science degree. Never did I think it would turn out to be such an interesting book! I loved it! It has beautiful images, charts, and in every chapter multiple questions one would think to ask with detailed bright answers which I thought was unique, and made me feel a bit smarter someone else was thinking the same thing. The chapters are not too long, and the vocabulary is very easy to understand, and is an...

  3. I actually bought this for fun! I had the 7th edition? (the 2002 version) when I took into geology as a college freshman. 15 years later a renewed interest in geology has led me to actually purchase this textbook for my reference and reading pleasure. You can find out any info you want via a google search but if you are really in to something like this, it makes sense to have it all in a highly readable book with great photography. The key with this type of textbook is making the material relatable to the average user and...

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