How Does Earth Work? Physical Geology and the Process of Science (2nd Edition)

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With its unconventional yet highly effective approach, How Does Earth Work? demonstrates the process of science as a vehicle for investigating physical geology. Smith and Pun connect readers to the evidence behind the facts, instead of reproducing known facts—sparking interest in how science is practiced and how we know what we know. Like geology detectives, readers learn to think through the scientific process and uncover evidence that explains Earth’s mysteries. Chapters open with an essay that places a curious investigator in a realistic field or lab setting to observe and ask questions about geological phenomena. Integrated real-world connections link topics to issues of societal concern or relevant experience to increase appreciation of the value of discovering science; and annotated illustrations with thoughtful descriptions help readers observe the hypotheses presented.
Why Study Earth? Minerals: Building Blocks of the Planet; Rocks and Rock-Forming Processes; Formation of Magma and Igneous Rocks; Formation of Sediment and Sedimentary Rocks; Formation of Metamorphic Rocks; Earth Materials as Time Keepers; Journey to the Center of Earth; Making Earth; Motion Inside Earth; Deformation of Rocks; Global Tectonics:  Plates and Plumes; Tectonics and Surface Relief; Soil Formation and Landscape Stability; Mass Movements: Landscapes in Motion; Streams:  Flowing Water Shapes the Landscape; Water Flowing Underground; Glaciers: Cold-Climate Sculptors of Continents; Shorelines: Changing Landscapes Where Land Meets Sea; Wind: A Global Geologic Process; Global Warming: Real-time Change in the Earth System.
MARKET: An interesting reference for anyone interested in learning more about Earth’s processes.

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3 comments on “How Does Earth Work? Physical Geology and the Process of Science (2nd Edition)”

  1. Made Geology Fascinating! I never thought I'd keep this book after my class, but I did. The illustrations, explanations, and content in general made it a great textbook for my Earth Processes class. I learned more than I ever would have thought!Note: you'll never be able to resell it for even a fraction of the price.

  2. A primary source for my studies in Earth Science. I have other general textbooks on geology and earth science, but I find myself returning again and again to this volume for its well organized detail and the clarity of its descriptions. The figures and photos are especially well chosen, and I find myself in the company of writers who know how to speak to a lay person with enthusiastic interest in the subject matter.Valuable addition to all my other literature.

  3. Good book. This is a good book. Very informative. The access code lets me use a lot of good online videos, information and quizzes.

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