Charles Plummer, Diane Carlson, Lisa Hammersley
McGraw-Hill Higher Education; 15th edition (January 23; 2015)
The Physical Geology 15th edition (PDF) is the most recent revision of a time-honored beginning electronic textbook that, for more than twenty-eight years, has been instrumental in assisting a great number of college students in gaining an understanding of fundamental physical geology principles. Students who are interested in pursuing a complete career in geology, in addition to those who are taking an introductory course in physical geology to fulfill a science elective requirement, will appreciate the approachable writing style and amount of information in the 15th edition of Physical Geology. Students of geology and readers will have an easier time understanding new geological ideas thanks to the hundreds of finely drawn drawings and supporting photographs that are included in this book. The study of physical geology is made easier for all pupils by the inclusion of a website as well as a variety of learning resources that correspond to individual chapters.
Table of contents
Table of contents :
Content: Chapter 1: Introducing Geology, the Essentials of Plate Tectonics, and Other Important Concepts Chapter 2: Atoms, Elements and Minerals Chapter 3: Igneous Rocks, the Origin and Evolution of Magma, and Intrusive Activity Chapter 4: Volcanism and Extrusive Rocks Chapter 5: Weathering and Soil Chapter 6: Sediment and Sedimentary Rocks Chapter 7: Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks Chapter 8: Time and Geology Chapter 9: Mass Wasting Chapter 10: Streams and Floods Chapter 11: Ground Water Chapter 12: Glaciers and Glaciation Chapter 13: Deserts and Wind Action Chapter 14: Waves, Beaches, and Coasts Chapter 15: Geologic Structures Chapter 16: Earthquakes Chapter 17: Earth's Interior and Geophysical Properties Chapter 18: The Sea Floor Chapter 19: Plate Tectonics-The Unifying Theory Chapter 20: Mountain Belts and the Continental Crust Chapter 21: Global Climate Change Chapter 22: Resources Chapter 23: The Earth's Companions Appendix A: Identification of Minerals Appendix B: Identification of Rocks Appendix C: The Elements Most Significant to Geology Appendix D: Periodic Table of Elements Appendix E: Selected Conversion Factors Appendix F: Rock Symbols Appendix G: Commonly Used Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots