Visualizing Geology, 3rd Edition
April 2012, ©2012
The Visualizing approach uses a variety of research-based visuals to engage students so they become active participants in the learning process. Visualizing Geology immerses students in course material through visuals (both in print and rich multimedia resources) while organizing complex processes and related course information into easily digestible segments.
Visualizing Geology is a comprehensive, modern book for today's geology course. With current examples, thorough coverage of geologists' tools and technology, and a visual design that is accessible without sacrificing content, it is a title that will appeal to a broad range of instructors.
The narrative and concepts are tightly linked to visual elements, including practical examples that highlight the relevance of the concepts. Maps are integrated throughout to help reveal patterns or trends. Divergent views and critical thinking are emphasized. Photographs and other visuals are also included to reinforce the concepts.
CHAPTER 2: Earth Materials.
CHAPTER 3: How Old is Old? The Rock Record and 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 Ocean and the Atmosphere.
CHAPTER 13: Deserts and Glaciers.
CHAPTER 14: Earth's Climates: Past, Present, Future.
CHAPTER 15: A Brief History of Life on Earth.
CHAPTER 16: Understanding Earth's Resources.
- New Chapter on Earth’s climates
- Expanded coverage of important topics. Throughout, this edition contains new or expanded discussions of important and relevant topics.
- Enhanced visuals.
- 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.
- 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.
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