Visualizing Geology, 2nd Edition
February 2009, ©2010
Visualizing Geology invites us to travel outside our familiar environment to distant parts of the world. With such photos, and with features such as Amazing Places at the end of every chapter, we seek to instill what words sometimes cannot: a sense of wonder about the planet we call home.
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Chapter 2. Earth Materials.
Chapter 3. How Old is Old? The Rock Record and Deep Geologic Time.
Chapter 4. Plate Tectonics.
Chapter 5. Earthquakes and Earth's Interior.
Chapter 6. Volcanoes and Igneous Rocks.
Chapter 7. Weathering and Erosion.
Chapter 8. From Sediment to Sedimentary Rock.
Chapter 9. Folds, Faults, and Geologic Maps.
Chapter 10. Metamorphism: New Rocks From Old.
Chapter 11. Water On and Under the Ground.
Chapter 12. The Oceans and the Atmosphere.
Chapter 13. Deserts, Glaciers, and Climate Change.
Chapter 14. A Brief History of Life on Earth.
Chapter 15. Understanding Earth's Resources.
- Chapter 1 now includes a discussion of the scientific method and the often misunderstood terms theory and hypothesis.
- Chapter 4 now includes an introduction to the supercontinent cycle.
- Chapter 14 has been revised to bring it up to date with developments in the field of paleontology.
- Several Chapter Summaries have been streamlined to make them more useful to the student.
- Every Process Diagram and What a Geologist Sees feature now includes an Interesting Question.
- Learning Objectives at the beginning of each section head indicate in behavioral terms what the student must be able to do to demonstrate mastery of the material in the chapter.
- Concept Check questions at the end of each section give students the opportunity to test their comprehension of the learning objectives.
- Marginal Glossary Boxes introduce each chapter s most important terms, often reinforced with a thumbnail photograph.
- What a Geologist Sees features highlight a concept or phenomenon, using photos and figures that would stand out to a professional in the field, and helping students to develop observational skills.
- Global Locator Maps that accompany figures addressing issues encountered in a particular geographic region feature insets of hemispheric locator maps to help students visualize where the area is.
- Process Diagrams present a series of figures or a combination of figures and photos that describe and depict a complex process, helping students to observe, follow and understand the process.
- The illustrated Case Studies that cap off the text sections of each chapter offer a wide variety of in-depth examinations that address important issues in the field of environmental science.
- Illustrations, Photos, and Cartoons support concepts covered in the text, elaborate relevant issues, and add visual detail. Many of the photos originate from National Geographic s rich sources.
- Tables and graphs, with data sources cited at the end of the text, summarize and organize important information.
- The Chapter Summary revisits each learning objective and redefines each marginal glossary term, featured in boldface here, and included in a list of Key Terms.