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The Dynamic Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology, 5th Edition

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With authoritative and detailed coverage, Skinner and Porter address all key areas of physical geology, as well as recent events that have shaped our world. The new edition is updated to address the latest in geoscientific research, theory, and knowledge.

Emphasis on the unifying themes of physical geology

Expands the earth systems science viewpoint of previous editions

Introduces readers to remote sensing, global positioning systems, and other tools

Exciting, first-hand accounts from the field relate geology to everyday life experiences

Includes a GeoDiscoveries CD with an interactive globe, animations, videos, and more
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  1. Meet Planet Earth!
  2. Global Tectonics: Our Dynamic Planet
  3. Atoms, Elements, Minerals
  4. Igneous Rocks: Products of Earth?s Internal Fire
  5. Magmas and Volcanoes
  6. Weathering and Soils
  7. Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks: Archives of Earth History
  8. Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks: New Rocks from Old
  9. How Rock Bends, Buckles, and Breaks
  10. Earthquakes and Earth's Interior
  11. Geologic Time and the Rock Record
  12. The Changing Face of the Land
  13. Mass Wasting
  14. Streams and Drainage Systems
  15. Groundwater
  16. Glaciers and Glaciation
  17. Atmosphere, Winds, and Deserts
  18. The Oceans and Their Margins
  19. Climate and our Changing Planet
  20. The Earth Through Time
  21. Resources of Minerals and Energy
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  • Introduces plate tectonics and the Earth system in the first two chapters. Each chapter also features a section titled Revisiting Plate Tectonics and the Earth System.
  • This edition features new co-author and geophysicist Jeffrey Park of Yale University.
  • Uses GPS measurements to introduce plate tectonics in Chapter 2. Historic evidence, based on paleomagnetism, is discussed in Chapter 20: Earth Through Geologic Time.
  • Features revised chapter order based on feedback from users (see Table of Contents).
  • Integrates throughout the book discussions of human effects on the environment. The human race is presented as a force affecting changes to Earth.
  • Includes revisions, updates, and corrections in all chapters. About 25% of the illustrations in this edition are new, and many of the new illustrations reflect current and ongoing research.
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  • Early focus on plate tectonics: The topic is discussed thoroughly in the first two chapters of the text. The authors introduce plate tectonics as a natural consequence of Earth's ongoing loss of internal heat, with GPS measurements, isostasy and global patterns of earthquakes and volcanoes as the observational evidence.
  • Emphasis on the Earth system: The concept of Earth as a unified, interconnected system is introduced in Chapter 1, and stressed throughout the text. This approach helps students tie together geologic facts that might otherwise seem disconnected.
  • Plate tectonics and the Earth system are "revisited" in each chapter: A concluding section in each chapter connects the specialized topics of a chapter to the central themes of the book.
  • Personal essays from the authors: Each chapter begins with an essay from one of the authors about his research in the subfield of geology covered in the chapter.
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Instructors Resources
Wiley Instructor Companion Site
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Students Resources
Wiley Student Companion Site
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by Brian J. Skinner, Stephen C. Porter, Jeffrey Park
August 2003, ©2004, Software

(Included with the text)

This interactive multimedia CD reinforces and illustrates key concepts from the text, and helps students prepare for tests and improve their grades. The CD also features a Virtual Petroscope, containing a library of images, tools, and resources designed to simulate the real-world process of identifying rock specimens.

by Brian J. Skinner, Stephen C. Porter, Jeffrey Park, Denyse Lemaire
November 2003, ©2004, Paperback
Features access to Columbia University?s Earthscape Web site.
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The Dynamic Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology, 5th Edition
ISBN : 978-0-471-15228-6
648 pages
April 2003, ©2004
$187.95   BUY

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