The Dynamic Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology, 5th Edition
April 2003, ©2004
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
1 Meet Planet Earth 2
2 Global Tectonics: Our Dynamic Planet 30
3 Atoms, Elements, Minerals, Rocks: Earth’s Building Materials 66
4 Igneous Rocks: Products of Earth’s Internal Fire 98
5 Magmas and Volcanoes 120
6 Weathering and Soils 147
7 Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks: Archives of Earth History 172
8 Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks: New Rocks from Old 202
9 How Rock Bends, Buckles, and Breaks 224
10 Earthquakes and Earth’s Interior 246
11 Geologic Time and the Rock Record 276
12 The Changing Face of the Land 302
13 Mass Wasting 324
14 Streams and Drainage Systems 352
15 Groundwater 382
16 Glaciers and Glaciation 410
17 Atmosphere, Winds and Deserts 446
18 The Oceans and Their Margins 474
19 Climate and Our Changing Planet 508
20 Earth Through Geologic Time 530
21 Resources of Minerals and Energy 560
Units and Their Conversions A1
Tables of the Chemical Elements and
Naturally Occurring Isotopes A4
Table of the Properties of Common
Selected References, R1
- 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.
- 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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