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Visualizing Geology, 3rd Edition

Visualizing Geology, 3rd Edition

Barbara W. Murck, Brian J. Skinner

ISBN: 978-1-118-25281-9

Apr 2012

576 pages


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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.

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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

Glossary 533

Table and Line Art Credits 538

Photo Credits 540

Index 545

  • 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.