Visualizing Geology, 3rd Edition
April 2012, ©2012
Murck's 3rd edition of Visualizing Geology maximizes the use of National Geographic Society photographs, maps, illustrations and video to bring dynamic Earth processes. From the ground-up, this text is designed to better meet the needs of those involved in the large mainstream Physical Geology course and working to attain a science credit. The text provides pedagogy to help reader’s better digest more material than they would in a conventional textbook. Moreover it provides information about geology as a discipline as a dynamic and growing science, to move readers beyond the idea that geology is simply about the memorization of terms related to dead rocks.
1 Earth as a Planet 2
2 Earth Materials 34
3 How Old is Old? The Rock Record and Geologic Time 64
4 Plate Tectonics 92
5 Earthquakes and Earth’s Interior 118
6 Volcanoes and Igneous Rocks 150
7 Weathering and Erosion 188
8 From Sediment to Sedimentary Rock 218
9 Folds, Faults, and Geological Maps 248
10 Metamorphism: New Rock from Old 278
11 Water On and Under the Ground 306
12 The Ocean and the Atmosphere 344
13 Climatic Extremes: Deserts and Glaciers 384
14 Earth’s Climates: Past, Present, Future 416
15 A Brief History of Life on Earth 454
16 Understanding Earth’s Resources 492
Appendix A: Units and Their Conversions 526
Appendix B: Periodic Table of Elements 528
Appendix C: Tables of the Properties of Selected Common Minerals 529
Appendix D: Self-Test Answers 532
Table and Line Art Credits 538
Photo Credits 540
- 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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