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Physical Geology, Enhanced eText, 3rd Edition

Physical Geology, Enhanced eText, 3rd Edition

Charles Fletcher

ISBN: 978-1-119-31887-3 July 2017 600 Pages




Physical Geology: The Science of Earth, 3rd Edition provides students with a variety of ways to learn the content of physical geology and offer them an opportunity to learn through multiple intelligences. Throughout the text, the challenge of critical thinking and the high-interest of relevant subject matter is used to build on other knowledge. Physical Geology: The Science of Earth, 3rd Edition explores all the standard introductory Physical Geology topics using recent research, innovative pedagogy and a stunning art program to show students how they can take geology and apply it to their world as a whole. 

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1 An Introduction to Geology 1

2 Solar System 31

3 Plate Tectonics 57

4 Minerals 90

5 Igneous Rock 122

6 Volcanoes 151

7 Weathering 186

8 Sedimentary Rock 221

9 Metamorphic Rock 256

10 Mountain Building 280

11 Earthquakes 314

12 Geologic Time 351

13 Earth’s History 382

14 Climate change 412

15 Glaciers and Paleoclimatology 459

16 Mass Wasting 497

17 Surface Water 524

18 Groundwater 556

19 Deserts and Wind 587

20 Coastal Geology 613

21 Marine Geology 649



  •  Updated and expanded content around important and timely topics such as peak oil, global warming, drought and water stress, population growth, natural hazards, and environmental management.
  • Streamlined text updates, which make reading easier to navigate and more efficient.
  • Ease of Reading: Fundamental principles of geology are arranged around specific learning objectives. Students find the book approachable, succinct, easy to read, and extremely well organized.
  • Critical Thinking exercises are woven into each chapter and are linked to illustrations and photos.
  • Knowledge and Comprehension Questions allow students to check their understanding as they navigate learning objectives.
  • Expand Your Thinking questions ask students to analyze or synthesize specific case studies. For example; explaining why climate change has an impact in one region, yet a different impact on another.
  • Animations & Videos supplement the reading and provide real-world examples of geological features and processes.