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The Changing Earth: Exploring Geology and Evolution, 6th Edition

  • James S. Monroe Central Michigan University, Emeritus
  • Reed Wicander Central Michigan University
  • ISBN-10: 0840062087  |  ISBN-13: 9780840062086
  • 736 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2006, 2002
  • © 2012 | Published
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About

Overview

THE CHANGING EARTH: EXPLORING GEOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, Sixth Edition, is a member of a rare breed of texts written specifically for courses covering both physical and historical geology—but it also stands apart by other measures. Three interrelated themes (plate tectonics, organic evolution, and geologic time) help students understand that Earth is a complex, integrated, and continually changing system. Lauded for its consistent and clear writing style, the text is also noted for stunning visuals (updated in this edition) and real-life examples that draw students into the material. The authors go beyond simply explaining geology and its processes; rather, they place that knowledge within the context of human experience by consistently emphasizing relevance, resources, and the environment.

Features and Benefits

  • Recognizing geology as an especially visual science, the art program has been carefully updated, with new photographs that help students identify geologic features in the world around them, and new diagrams and maps that illustrate the concepts discussed in the text. Furthermore, the captions have been redesigned to improve readability and, where appropriate, critical thinking questions have been added to enhance student observational skill development and deepen understanding of geologic processes.
  • Fully updated to reflect the most current information in the field, this edition also includes coverage of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the 2009 Haiti earthquake, volcanic eruptions in Iceland and Indonesia, floods in Pakistan, and new information on glaciers and global warming.
  • The two-page concept art spreads, called Geo-inSight, present an array of relevant photographs, along with in-depth captions that illuminate a specific geological landform, collection, or event. Geo-inSights improve understanding by encouraging students to analyze and synthesize information visually.
  • Integration of economic and environmental geology throughout the text clearly draws the connection between the relevant aspects of the course to students' lives and future careers.
  • Geo-Focus boxes highlight current geologic research and events. New topics include "Gems and Gemstones", "Do Volcanoes Cause Ozone Depletion?", "Industrialization and Acid Rain", and "Dams, Reservoirs, and Hydroelectric Power."
  • What Would You Do? boxes train students to use knowledge gained from the book to make wise decisions about practical matters, such as where to put a water well or, as a member of a local planning commission, to determine what kind of zoning regulations and building codes are needed. This feature reflects the authors' emphasis on encouraging students to become informed citizens.
  • Chapter summary and review questions presented in chapter-ending Geo-Recap sections emphasize critical thinking and analytical skills.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding Earth: A Dynamic and Evolving Planet.
2. Plate Tectonics: A Unifying Theory.
3. Minerals—The Building Blocks of Rocks.
4. Igneous Rocks and Plutons.
5. Volcanoes and Volcanism.
6. Weathering, Erosion, and Soil.
7. Sediment and Sedimentary Rocks.
8. Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks.
9. Earthquakes and Earth's Interior.
10. Deformation, Mountain Building, and Earth's Crust.
11. Mass Wasting.
12. Running Water—Streams and Rivers.
13. Groundwater.
14. Glaciers and Glaciation.
15. The Work of Wind and Deserts.
16. Oceans, Shorelines, and Shoreline Processes.
17. Geologic Time: Concepts and Principles.
18. Organic Evolution—The Theory and Its Supporting Evidence.
19. Precambrian Earth and Life History.
20. Paleozoic Earth History.
21. Paleozoic Life History.
22. Mesozoic Earth and Life History.
23. Cenozoic Earth and Life History.
24. Geology in Perspective.

What's New

  • New "Have You Ever Wondered?" Questions at the Beginning of Each Chapter: Intriguing questions catch students' attention and motivate them to read the chapter and find the answers.
  • Connections Boxes Help Students See the Big Picture: By viewing Earth as a system, students can see how its various components are interconnected and also appreciate its complex and dynamic nature. In the new edition, these inter-relationships are facilitated by Connections Boxes, a small box referring the reader to other locations in the text where more information can be found and connections made on important topics.
  • Geo-Images Challenge Students to Develop Strong Observational and Critical Thinking Skills: At the end of most chapters, a photo or graphic is presented that challenges students to describe the geologic processes being depicted and to support their conclusions with logical reasoning.
  • Additional Critical Thinking Questions Added to Many Figures: Selected figures within the text are now accompanied by a critical thinking question to encourage active student learning, guide student observational skill development, and deepen understanding of geologic processes.
  • Coverage of Seafloor Spreading Now Fully Included and Integrated in Chapter 2 on Plate Tectonics: At the suggestion of reviewers, the coverage of seafloor spreading has been moved into Chapter 2 on Plate Tectonics to give students more background for understanding the processes involved with plate movements.
  • Global Geoscience Watch: Updated several times a day, the Global Geoscience Watch is a focused portal into GREENR – our Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources – an ideal one-stop site for classroom discussion and research projects for all things geoscience! Broken into the four key course areas (Geography, Geology, Meteorology, and Oceanography), you can easily get to the most relevant content available for your course. You and your students will have access to the latest information from trusted academic journals, news outlets, and magazines. You also will receive access to statistics, primary sources, case studies, podcasts, and much more!

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Earth Science CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111675686 | ISBN-13: 9781111675684)

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Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 084006666X | ISBN-13: 9780840066664)

This guide contains resources designed to streamline your course preparation. The Instructor's Manual includes Chapter Outlines, Learning Objectives, Chapter Summaries, Enrichment Topics, Common Misconceptions, Lecture Suggestions, "Consider This" questions, Important Terms, and Weblinks/Videos/Software suggestions. The Test Bank includes Short Answer, Fill in the Blank, Multiple Choice, True/False, and Matching questions.

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Virtual Field Trips in Geology, Volume 1: Desert Environments, Geologic Time, Hydrothermal Activity, Running Water, Sedimentary Rocks, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 0538735686 | ISBN-13: 9780538735681)

The Virtual Field Trips in Geology, by Dr. Parvinder S. Sethi from Radford University, are concept-based modules that teach students geology by using famous locations throughout the United States. Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Arches National Parks are included, as well as many others. Designed to be used as homework assignments or lab work, the modules use a rich array of multimedia to demonstrate concepts. High definition videos, images, panoramas, quizzes, and Google Earth layers work together in Virtual Field Trips in Geology to bring concepts to life.

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Virtual Field Trips in Geology, Volume II: Earthquakes & Seismicity, Glaciers & Glaciation, Igneous Rocks, Mass Wasting, Volcanoes, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1111473382 | ISBN-13: 9781111473389)

The Virtual Field Trips in Geology, by Dr. Parvinder S. Sethi from Radford University, are concept-based modules that teach students geology by using famous locations throughout the United States. Yosemite, Kenai Fjords, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Parks are included, as well as many others. Designed to be used as homework assignments or lab work, the modules use a rich array of multimedia to demonstrate concepts. High definition videos, images, panoramas, animations, quizzes, and Google Earth layers work together in Virtual Field Trips in Geology to bring concepts to life.

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Exploring Water Resources: GIS Investigations for the Earth Sciences  (ISBN-10: 0534391567 | ISBN-13: 9780534391560)

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Virtual Field Trips in Geology, Volume 1: Desert Environments, Geologic Time, Hydrothermal Activity, Running Water, Sedimentary Rocks, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 0538735686 | ISBN-13: 9780538735681)

The Virtual Field Trips in Geology, by Dr. Parvinder S. Sethi from Radford University, are concept-based modules that teach you geology by using famous locations throughout the United States. Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Arches National Parks are included, as well as many others. The modules use a rich array of multimedia to demonstrate concepts, including high definition videos, images, panoramas, quizzes, and Google Earth layers to bring concepts to life.

List Price = $90.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $67.50

Virtual Field Trips in Geology, Volume II: Earthquakes & Seismicity, Glaciers & Glaciation, Igneous Rocks, Mass Wasting, Volcanoes, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1111473382 | ISBN-13: 9781111473389)

The Virtual Field Trips in Geology, by Dr. Parvinder S. Sethi from Radford University, are concept-based modules that teach you geology by using famous locations throughout the United States. Yosemite, Kenai Fjords, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Parks are included, as well as many others. The modules use a rich array of multimedia to demonstrate concepts, including high definition videos, images, panoramas, animations, quizzes, and Google Earth layers to bring concepts to life.

List Price = $90.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $67.50

Meet the Author

Author Bio

James S. Monroe

James S. Monroe is Professor Emeritus of Geology at Central Michigan University, where he taught Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Prehistoric Life, and Stratigraphy and Sedimentology beginning in 1975 and served as chair of the Geology department. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Montana. He has coauthored several textbooks with Reed Wicander and has interests in Cenozoic geology and geologic education. Monroe now lives in Chico, California, where he remains active in geology by teaching courses to a large group of retirees.

Reed Wicander

Reed Wicander is a geology professor at Central Michigan University, where he teaches Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Prehistoric Life, and Invertebrate Paleontology and was previously chair of the department. He obtained his B.A. at San Diego State University and his Ph.D. at UCLA. His main research interests involve various aspects of Paleozoic palynology, specifically the study of acritarchs, on which he has published numerous papers. He is a past president of the American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists and currently a councilor of the International Federation of Palynological Societies and chair of the Acritarch Subcommission of the Commission Internationale de Microflore du Paleozoique. He has coauthored several geology textbooks with James S. Monroe.