How Does Earth Work? Physical Geology and the Process of Science, 2nd edition

  • Gary Smith
  • Aurora Pun

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With its unconventional yet highly effective approach, How Does Earth Work? demonstrates the process of science as a vehicle for investigating physical geology. Smith and Pun connect readers to the evidence behind the facts, instead of reproducing known facts—sparking interest in how science is practiced and how we know what we know. Like geology detectives, readers learn to think through the scientific process and uncover evidence that explains Earth’s mysteries. Chapters open with an essay that places a curious investigator in a realistic field or lab setting to observe and ask questions about geological phenomena. Integrated real-world connections link topics to issues of societal concern or relevant experience to increase appreciation of the value of discovering science; and annotated illustrations with thoughtful descriptions help readers observe the hypotheses presented.
KEY TOPICS: Why Study Earth? Minerals: Building Blocks of the Planet; Rocks and Rock-Forming Processes; Formation of Magma and Igneous Rocks; Formation of Sediment and Sedimentary Rocks; Formation of Metamorphic Rocks; Earth Materials as Time Keepers; Journey to the Center of Earth; Making Earth; Motion Inside Earth; Deformation of Rocks; Global Tectonics:  Plates and Plumes; Tectonics and Surface Relief; Soil Formation and Landscape Stability; Mass Movements: Landscapes in Motion; Streams:  Flowing Water Shapes the Landscape; Water Flowing Underground; Glaciers: Cold-Climate Sculptors of Continents; Shorelines: Changing Landscapes Where Land Meets Sea; Wind: A Global Geologic Process; Global Warming: Real-time Change in the Earth System.
MARKET: An interesting reference for anyone interested in learning more about Earth’s processes.

Table of contents

1.    Why Study Earth?
2.    Minerals: Building Blocks of the Planet
3.    Rocks and Rock-Forming Processes
4.    Formation of Magma and Igneous Rocks
5.    Formation of Sediment and Sedimentary Rocks
6.    Formation of Metamorphic Rocks
7.    Earth Materials as Time Keepers
8.    Journey to the Center of Earth
9.    Making Earth
10.    Motion Inside Earth
11.    Deformation of Rocks
12.    Global Tectonics:  Plates and Plumes
13.    Tectonics and Surface Relief
14.    Soil Formation and Landscape Stability
15.    Mass Movements: Landscapes in Motion
16.    Streams:  Flowing Water Shapes the Landscape
17.    Water Flowing Underground
18.    Glaciers: Cold-Climate Sculptors of Continents
19.    Shorelines: Changing Landscapes Where Land Meets Sea
20.    Wind: A Global Geologic Process
21.    Global Warming: Real-time Change in the Earth System

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Published by Pearson (January 21st 2009) - Copyright © 2010