The Changing Earth: Exploring Geology and Evolution

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Cengage Learning, Jul 19, 2011 - Science - 736 pages
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THE CHANGING EARTH: EXPLORING GEOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, Sixth Edition, is a member of a rare breed of texts written specifically for courses covering both physical and historical geology but it also stands apart by other measures. Three interrelated themes (plate tectonics, organic evolution, and geologic time) help students understand that Earth is a complex, integrated, and continually changing system. Lauded for its consistent and clear writing style, the text is also noted for stunning visuals (updated in this edition) and real-life examples that draw students into the material. The authors go beyond simply explaining geology and its processes; rather, they place that knowledge within the context of human experience by consistently emphasizing relevance, resources, and the environment.
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I have the hard copy of this book in older edition, this book having very nice language, picture as well as information about earth and some part of geography.i request to the author to just bring some Indian edition so that the student can use the book for their knowledge.

Contents

Understanding Earth A Dynamic and Evolving Planet
3
Plate Tectonics A Unifying Theory
27
MineralsThe Building Blocks of Rocks
59
Igneous Rocks and Plutons
85
Volcanoes and Volcanism
109
Weathering Erosion and Soil
135
Sediment and Sedimentary Rocks
157
Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks
181
Oceans Shorelines and Shoreline Processes
387
Geologic time Concepts and Principles
415
Organic EvolutionThe Theory and its Supporting Evidence
449
Precambrian Earth and Life History
475
Paleozoic Earth History
503
Paleozoic Life History
541
Mesozoic Earth and Life History
575
Cenozoic Earth and Life History
613

Earthquakes and Earths Interior
199
Deformation Mountain Building and Earths Crust
233
Mass Wasting
259
Running WaterStreams and Rivers
285
Groundwater
313
Glaciers and Glaciation
339
The Work of Wind and Deserts
365
Geology in Perspective
655
Appendices
660
Answers
666
Glossary
671
Index
687
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James S. Monroe is Professor Emeritus of Geology at Central Michigan University, where he taught Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Prehistoric Life, and Stratigraphy and Sedimentology beginning in 1975 and served as chair of the Geology department. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Montana. He has coauthored several textbooks with Reed Wicander and has interests in Cenozoic geology and geologic education. Monroe now lives in Chico, California, where he remains active in geology by teaching courses to a large group of retirees.

Reed Wicander is a geology professor at Central Michigan University, where he teaches Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Prehistoric Life, and Invertebrate Paleontology and was previously chair of the department. He obtained his B.A. at San Diego State University and his Ph.D. at UCLA. His main research interests involve various aspects of Paleozoic palynology, specifically the study of acritarchs, on which he has published numerous papers. He is a past president of the American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists and currently a councilor of the International Federation of Palynological Societies and chair of the Acritarch Subcommission of the Commission Internationale de Microflore du Paleozoique. He has coauthored several geology textbooks with James S. Monroe.

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