A concise text perfect for the one-term course in physical or combined physical/historical geology. A motivating and engaging writing style presents geological topics integrated with contemporary environmental issues. Tectonics is covered early in the text making later chapters on earth-quakes, ocean floor geology, mountains and landscapes more understandable and meaningful. The book employs useful pedagogic tools such as "Focus On" boxes for highlighting additional information and "Geology & the Environment" boxes that reinforce geological topics by relating them to current environmental issues. Features: * Excellent up-to-date survey of geological issues with consistent emphasis on the environment as it relates to geology. "Geology and the Environment" boxes are unique, including high-interest topics such as radon pollution or asbestos and cancer. * Three complete chapters (15, 16, 17) cover historical geology including coverage of origin of life and dinosaurs. * Exceptional art program by renowned scientific illustrator, George Kelvin. * "Interview" with Joh Horner examines his research and theories to provide unique perspective on geology as a profession.
* Additional learning tools include Memory Devices that help students remember key terms by highlighting word roots or offering pnemonic devices that support learning.