Visualizing Geology, 4th Edition

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Visualizing Geology, 4th Edition

By Barbara W. Murck, Brian J. Skinner

$69  USD | $89  CAN

Visualizing Geology introduces students to geology and Earth system science through the distinctive mode of visual learning. Students learn that the geologic features we see and experience result from interactions among three grand cycles, which extend from Earth’s core to the fringes of our atmosphere: the tectonic cycle, the rock cycle, and the water cycle.

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Chapter 1. Earth as a Planet
Chapter 2. Earth Materials
Chapter 3. How Old Is Old? The Rock Record and Geologic Time
Chapter 4. Plate Tectonics
Chapter 5. Earthquakes and Earth’s Interior
Chapter 6. Volcanos and Igneous Rock
Chapter 7. Weathering and Erosion
Chapter 8. From Sediment to Sedimentary Rock
Chapter 9. Folds, Faults, and Geological Maps
Chapter 10. Metamorphism: New Rock from Old
Chapter 11. Water On and Under the Ground
Chapter 12. The Ocean and the Atmosphere
Chapter 13. Climactic Extremes: Deserts and Glaciers
Chapter 14. Earth’s Climates: Past, Present, Future
Chapter 15. A Brief History of Life on Earth
Chapter 16. Understanding Life’s Resources
Chapter 17. Units and Their Conversions
Chapter 18. Periodic Table of Elements
Chapter 19. Tables of the Properties of Selected Common Minerals

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