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The Dynamic Earth. An Introduction to Physical Geology. 5th Edition

  • ID: 2243523
  • Book
  • 648 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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With authoritative and detailed coverage, Skinner and Porter address all key areas of physical geology, as well as recent events that have shaped our world. The new edition is updated to address the latest in geoscientific research, theory, and knowledge.

Emphasis on the unifying themes of physical geology

Expands the earth systems science viewpoint of previous editions

Introduces readers to remote sensing, global positioning systems, and other tools

Exciting, first-hand accounts from the field relate geology to everyday life experiences

Includes a GeoDiscoveries CD with an interactive globe, animations, videos, and more
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1 Meet Planet Earth 2

2 Global Tectonics: Our Dynamic Planet 30

3 Atoms, Elements, Minerals, Rocks: Earth’s Building Materials 66

4 Igneous Rocks: Products of Earth’s Internal Fire 98

5 Magmas and Volcanoes 120

6 Weathering and Soils 147

7 Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks: Archives of Earth History 172

8 Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks: New Rocks from Old 202

9 How Rock Bends, Buckles, and Breaks 224

10 Earthquakes and Earth’s Interior 246

11 Geologic Time and the Rock Record 276

12 The Changing Face of the Land 302

13 Mass Wasting 324

14 Streams and Drainage Systems 352

15 Groundwater 382

16 Glaciers and Glaciation 410

17 Atmosphere, Winds and Deserts 446

18 The Oceans and Their Margins 474

19 Climate and Our Changing Planet 508

20 Earth Through Geologic Time 530

21 Resources of Minerals and Energy 560

Appendix A

Units and Their Conversions A1

Appendix B

Tables of the Chemical Elements and

Naturally Occurring Isotopes A4

Appendix C:

Table of the Properties of Common

Minerals A7

Glossary G1

Selected References, R1

Credits C1

Index I1
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Brian J. Skinner Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Stephen C. Porter University of Washington.

Jeffrey Park Yale University.
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