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Earth : portrait of a planet

Author: Stephen Marshak
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 4th edView all editions and formats
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Innovative and up-to-date--the number one Introduction to Geology textbook.

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Genre/Form: Textbooks
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Marshak
ISBN: 9780393935189 0393935183 9780393118261 0393118266
OCLC Number: 751780685
Description: xxxi, 819, [135] pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 28 cm
Contents: pt. I. Our island in space --
1. Cosmology and the birth of Earth --
How do we know the Earth rotates? --
The forces of nature --
Discovering and defining the planets --
The nature of matter --
Forming the Universe --
Making order from chaos --
We are all made of stardust --
Forming the planets and the Earth-Moon system --
2. Journey to the center of the Earth --
Comets and asteroids : the other stuff of the Solar System --
what is the Earth made of? --
How do we know the Earth has layers? --
What are the layers made of? --
Meteorites : clues to what's inside --
Heat and heat transfer --
The Earth, from surface to center --
The Lithosphere and Asthenosphere --
3. Drifting continents and spreading seas --
Wegener's evidence for continental drift? --
Paleomagnetism and the proof of continental drift --
Finding paleopoles --
Setting the stage for sea-floor spreading --
Harry Hess and his "Essay in Geopoetry" --
Evidence for sea-floor spreading --
Magnetic reversals and marine magnetic anomalies --
4. The way the Earth works : plate tectonics --
What do we mean by plate tectonics? --
Archimedes' principle of buoyancy --
Divergent plate boundaries and sea-floor spreading --
Convergent plate boundaries and subduction --
Transform plate boundaries --
Special locations in the plate mosaic --
How do plate boundaries form and die? --
What drives plate motion, and how fast do plates move? --
The theory of plate tectonics. pt. II. Earth materials --
5. Patterns in nature : minerals --
What is a mineral? --
Beauty in patterns : crystals and their structure --
The basics of chemistry --
How do we "see" the arrangement of atoms in a crystal? --
How can you tell one mineral from another? --
Organizing our knowledge : mineral classification --
Something precious : gems! --
Where do diamonds come from? --
Rock groups --
What is a rock? --
Rock occurrences --
The basis of rock classification --
Studying rock --
6. Up from the inferno : magma and igneous rocks --
Why does magma form? --
What is magma made of? --
Movement of molten rock --
Transforming magma and lava into rock --
How do extrusive and intrusive environments differ? --
Bowen's reaction series --
How do you describe an igneous rock? --
Classifying igneous rocks --
Formation of igneous rocks --
Where does igneous activity occur, and why? --
A surface veneer : sediments and soils --
Weathering : forming sediment --
Soil --
Weathering, sediment, and soil production --
7. Pages of Earth's past : sedimentary rocks --
Classes of sedimentary rocks --
Sedimentary structures --
How do we recognize depositional environments? --
The formation of sedimentary rocks --
Sedimentary basins --
8. Metamorphism : a process of change --
Consequences and causes of metamorphism --
Types of metamorphic rocks --
How do we define the intensity of metamorphism? --
Metamorphic facies --
Where does metamorphism occur? --
Pottery making : an analog for thermal metamorphism --
Environments of metamorphism --
The rock cycle --
Case study of the rock cycle --
Rates of movement through the rock cycle --
What drives the rock cycle in the Earth system? --
Rock-forming environments and the rock cycle. pt. III. Tectonic activity of a dynamic planet --
9. The wrath of Vulcan : volcanic eruptions --
The products of volcanic eruptions --
The structure and eruptive style of volcanoes --
Volcanic explosions to remember --
Geologic settings of volcanism --
Volcanoes --
Beware : volcanoes are hazards! --
Protection from Vulcan's wrath --
Effects of volcanoes on climate and civilization --
volcanoes on other planets --
10. A violent pulse : earthquakes --
What causes earthquakes? --
Faulting in the crust --
Seismic waves --
How do we measure and locate earthquakes? --
Defining the "size" of earthquakes --
Where and why do earthquakes occur? --
The Haiti catastrophe of 2010 --
How do earthquakes cause damage? --
When earthquake waves resonate : beware! --
Can we predict "the big one"? --
Earthquake engineering and zoning --
The Earth's interior revisited : seismic layering, the magnetic field, and gravity --
Setting the stage for seismic study of the interior --
The movement of seismic waves through the Earth --
Seismic study of Earth's interior --
Fine-tuning our image of the Earth's interior : seismic tomography --
Seismic-reflection profiling --
Earth's gravity --
The meaning of acceleration --
Earth's magnetic field, revisited --
11. Crags, cracks, and crumples : crustal deformation and mountain building --
Rock deformation in the Earth's crust --
Joints and veins : natural cracks in rocks --
Describing the orientation of geologic structures --
Faults : surfaces of slip --
Folds and foliations --
Causes of mountain building --
Uplift and the formation of mountain topography --
The collision of India with Asia --
The basins and domes of cratons --
Life story off a mountain range : a case study --
Measuring mountain building in progress. pt. IV. History before history --
Memories of past life : fossils and evolution --
The discovery of fossils --
Fossilization --
Classifying life --
Classifying fossils --
The fossil record --
Evolution and extinction --
12. Deep time : how old is old? --
The concept of geologic time --
A human obsession --
Physical principles for defining relative age --
Unconformities : gaps in the record --
Stratigraphic formations and their correlation --
The geologic column --
How do we determine numerical age? --
Carbon-14 dating --
How do we add numerical ages to the geologic column? --
What is the age of the Earth? --
13. A biography of Earth --
Methods for studying the past --
The Hadean Eon : hell on Earth? --
The Archean Eon : the birth of the continents and the appearance of life --
The Proterozoic Eon : transition to the modern world --
The evolution of atmospheric oxygen --
The Phanerozoic Eon : life diversifies and today's continents form --
The Paleozoic Era : from Rodinia to Pangaea --
Stratigraphic sequences and sea-level change --
The Mesozoic Era : when dinosaurs ruled --
The Cenozoic Era : the final stretch to the present --
The evolution of Earth. pt. V. Earth resources --
14. Squeezing power from a stone : energy resources --
Sources of energy in the Earth system --
Oil and gas --
Oil exploration and production --
Types of oil and gas traps --
Spindletop --
Alternative reserves of hydrocarbons --
The Marcellus gas play --
Coal : energy from the swamps of the past --
Nuclear power --
Other energy sources --
Energy choices, energy problems --
Power from the Earth --
Offshore drilling and the Deepwater Horizon Disaster --
15. Riches in rock : mineral resources --
Metals and their discovery --
Ores, ore minerals, and ore deposits --
Ore-mineral exploration and production --
Nonmetallic mineral resources --
The amazing Chilean mine rescue of 2010 --
The sidewalks of New York --
Global mineral needs --
Forming and processing Earth's mineral resources. pt. VI. Processes and problems at the Earth's surface --
Ever-changing landscapes and the hydrologic cycle --
Shaping the Earth's surface --
Factors controlling landscape development --
Topographic maps and profiles --
The hydrologic cycle --
Landscapes of other planets --
Water on Mars? --
16. Unsafe ground : landslides and other mass movements --
Types of mass movement --
What goes up must come down --
Why do mass movements occur? --
The Storegga slide and the North Sea tsunamis --
Mass movement --
Where do mass movements occur? --
How can we protect against mass-movement disasters? --
17. Streams and floods : the geology of running water --
Draining the land --
Describing flow in streams : discharge and turbulence --
The work of running water --
How do streams change along their length? --
Streams and their deposits in the landscape --
The evolution of drainage --
Raging waters --
Calculating the threat posed by flooding --
Rivers : a vanishing resource? --
18. Restless realm : oceans and coasts --
Landscapes beneath the sea --
Ocean water and currents --
The Coriolis Effect --
The tides go out ... the tides come in --
Wave action --
Where land meets sea : coastal landforms --
Organic coasts --
Causes of coastal variability --
Oceans and coasts --
coastal problems and solutions --
19. A hidden reserve : groundwater --
Where does groundwater reside? --
Groundwater and the water table --
Groundwater flow --
Tapping groundwater supplies --
Oases --
Hot springs and geysers --
Groundwater usage problems --
Caves and karst : a spelunker's paradise --
Caves and karst landscapes --
20. An envelope of gas : Earth's atmosphere and climate --
The formation of the atmosphere --
The atmosphere in perspective --
Why is the sky blue? --
Wind and global circulation in the atmosphere --
The Earth's tilt : the cause of seasons --
Weather and its causes --
Storms : Nature's fury --
Hurricane Katrina! --
Global climate --
21. Dry regions : the geology of deserts --
The nature and location of deserts --
Weathering and erosional processes in deserts --
Depositional environments in deserts --
Desert landscapes and life --
Uluru (Ayers Rock) --
The desert realm --
Desert problems --
22. Amazing ice : glaciers and ice ages --
Ice and the nature of glaciers --
Polar ice caps on Mars --
Carving and carrying ice --
Deposition associated with glaciation --
Glaciers and glacial landforms --
Other consequences of continental glaciation --
Periglacial environments --
The Pleistocene Ice Age --
So you want to see glaciation? --
The cause of ice ages --
23. Global change in the Earth system --
The Earth system --
Unidirectional changes --
Physical cycles --
Biogeochemical cycles --
Global climate change --
Global climate change and the birth of legends --
The Goldilocks Effect, through time --
Human impact on the Earth system --
The future of the Earth : a scenario.
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