The Dynamic Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology, 5th Edition
April 2003, ©2004
This best-selling physical geology text emphasizes the theme of dynamic change to help students better understand our environment, landscapes, climate, and resources. Dynamic Earth, Fifth Edition introduces plate tectonics and the Earth system early in the text, giving students a sense of how earth processes and systems are interrelated. Both plate tectonics and the Earth system are revisited in a boxed section at the end of each chapter. Instructors who adopt the text will have access to an electronic image bank that includes all line art from the book, numerous animations, and hundreds of photographs.
Table of Contents
- Meet Planet Earth!
- Global Tectonics: Our Dynamic Planet
- Atoms, Elements, Minerals
- Igneous Rocks: Products of Earth?s Internal Fire
- Magmas and Volcanoes
- Weathering and Soils
- Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks: Archives of Earth History
- Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks: New Rocks from Old
- How Rock Bends, Buckles, and Breaks
- Earthquakes and Earth's Interior
- Geologic Time and the Rock Record
- The Changing Face of the Land
- Mass Wasting
- Streams and Drainage Systems
- Glaciers and Glaciation
- Atmosphere, Winds, and Deserts
- The Oceans and Their Margins
- Climate and our Changing Planet
- The Earth Through Time
- Resources of Minerals and Energy
New To This Edition
- 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.