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Utilizing graphs and simple calculations, this clearly written lab manual complements the study of earth science or physical geology. Engaging activities are designed to help students develop data-gathering skills (e.g., mineral and rock identification) and data-analysis skills. Students will learn how to understand aerial and satellite images; to perceive the importance of stratigraphic columns, geologic sections, and seismic waves; and more.
- The third edition includes basic coverage of all concepts needed to teach any introductory earth science laboratory. Concepts are presented in a user friendly format and allowing for each instructor's individual style and approach.
- Definitions and carefully selected flow charts, diagrams, maps, and photos have all been updated and refined to aid student comprehension.
- Clear, concise but attractive tables and rock identification mazes demonstrating the scientific method through student use as an accompaniment to easily followed instructions for exercises.
- Upgraded and new art in this edition coupled with a more compact approach to topics results in a briefer, more useful manual that remains engaging to the student.
- New exercises and approaches to keep content fresh and stimulating; providing hands-on student participation in most chapters, allowing interest to develop naturally in areas that may be new to readers.
- Incorporation of reviewer and user comments from the perspective of laboratory processes, instruction, clarity, and usefulness.
- Practical renovation of chapter layout, organization, and planning over past editions resulting in a more pragmatic but pleasing approach to chapter content.
- Students will spend more time handling and interpreting samples, or even creating their own models of geological processes.
- With the help of an extensive visual imagery, in conjunction with helpful and innovative identification mazes, students learn to identify a variety of minerals and rocks. Beyond this students are encouraged to grasp as much as possible about the story told by a rock.
- The book covers traditional skills expected in introductory geology lab books, but also includes many simple innovative hands-on activities that enhance learning and get students involved.
- With easily available materials students create a model of an area to develop an understanding of how they can effectively combine data-gathering and analysis to deduce the area's geology.
- For each lab, the wide selection of activities provides instructors with more than enough options to design their own labs based on their own particular resources and preferences.
1. Introduction to Plates and Maps.
SECTION 2: EARTH MATERIALS AND RESOURCES.
3. Igneous Rocks.
4. Sedimentary Rocks.
5. Metamorphic Rocks.
SECTION 3: MAPS AND TIME.
6. Topographic Maps.
7. Geologic Time and History.
8. Geologic Maps and Structures.
SECTION 4: EARTH'S DYNAMIC INTERIOR.
9. Plate Tectonics.
10. Earthquakes and Seismology.
SECTION 5: EARTH'S SURFACE.
11. Landslides and Mass Movements.
12. Streams and Rivers.
13. Groundwater and Karst Topography
14. Oceans and Shorelines
SECTION 6: WEATHER, CLIMATE, AND THEIR EFFECTS.
15. Atmosphere, Climate, and Climate Change.
17. Glaciers and Glaciation.
18. Deserts and Arid Landscapes.
Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.
Online Instructor's Manual
Newly revised by Claudia Owen, Diane Pirie, and Grenville Draper, the Instructor's Manual outlines the materials needed for each exercise, suggested answers to student response questions, and completed tables and graphing exercises.