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Sixth Edition

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Stephen Marshak (Author, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)


The most dynamic, hands-on introduction to physical geology.

Marshak gives students the tools they need for an enriching hands-on geology experience, in and out of class. The Sixth Edition includes an expanded suite of interactive simulations, Narrative Art videos, Real-World videos, and animations built on the vibrant art from the text. New Smartwork5 online activities provide visual and interactive questions with answer-specific feedback. And the Geotours Google Earth™ exercises get students applying what they’ve learned to real-life site explorations. These easy-to-use tools combine with Marshak’s signature narrative approach to the text and art program to give students the most effective means for visualizing, interacting with, and mastering geology concepts.


The richest suite of visual media resources available

The Sixth Edition is supported by a staggering array of Marshak-produced videos and animations that expand on concepts presented in the text. Keyed to the author’s carefully developed learning objectives, these easy-to-use resources help students visualize geology’s dynamic processes.
Earth is also accompanied by 11 interactive simulations—5 NEW to this edition—that enable students to manipulate geologic variables and assess the results. These visual resources are fully integrated into Smartwork5 online assessment. 

Thoroughly up-to-date with vibrant NEW plate tectonics figures.

The Sixth Edition highlights contemporary events and research throughout, helping students to connect geologic concepts to the world around them. The text also includes two NEW Geology at a Glance spreads, as well as revised plate tectonics figures throughout that bring an unparalleled clarity and vibrancy to this extremely important concept. 

NEW Smartwork5 online activities bring text, visuals, and media together.

Smartwork5’s online exercises are easier to use than Mastering or Connect, and they make managing online assessment simpler and more intuitive than ever before for instructors. Smartwork5 features a variety of question types, including highly-visual ranking, sorting, and labeling questions that promote analytical thinking. Signature visuals---including What a Geologist Sees features, videos, animations, and simulations---are now directly integrated into the conceptual questions. Each question is also tagged to the corresponding Learning Objective in that chapter, and includes answer-specific feedback, ebook links, and hints. 

    Prelude: And Just What Is Geology?

    Part I: Our Island In Space
    Chapter 1: Cosmology and the Birth of Earth
    Chapter 2: Journey to the Center of the Earth
    Chapter 3: Drifting Continents and Spreading Seas
    Chapter 4: The Way the Earth Works: Plate Tectonics

    Part II: Earth Materials
    Chapter 5: Patterns in Nature: Minerals
    Interlude A: Introducing Rocks
    Chapter 6: Up from the Inferno: Magma and Igneous Rocks
    Interlude B: A Surface Veneer: Sediments and Soils
    Chapter 7: Pages of Earth's Past: Sedimentary Rocks
    Chapter 8: Metamorphism: A Process of Change
    Interlude C: The Rock Cycle in the Earth System

    Part III: Tectonic Activity Of A Dynamic Planet
    Chapter 9: The Wrath of Vulcan: Volcanic Eruptions
    Chapter 10: A Violent Pulse: Earthquakes
    Interlude D: The Earth's Interior, Revisited: Seismic Layering, Gravity, and the Magnetic Field
    Chapter 11: Crags, Cracks, and Crumples: Crustal Deformation and Mountain Building

    Part IV: History Before History
    Interlude E: Memories of Past Life: Fossils and Evolution
    Chapter 12: Deep Time: How Old Is Old?
    Chapter 13: A Biography of Earth

    Part V: Earth Resources
    Chapter 14: Squeezing Power from a Stone: Energy Resources
    Chapter 15: Riches in Rock: Mineral Resources

    Part VI: Processes And Problems At The Earth's Surface
    Interlude F: Ever-Changing Landscapes and the Hydrologic Cycle
    Chapter 16: Unsafe Ground: Landslides and Other Mass Movements
    Chapter 17: Streams and Floods: The Geology of Running Water
    Chapter 18: Restless Realm: Oceans and Coasts
    Chapter 19: A Hidden Reserve: Groundwater
    Chapter 20: An Envelope of Gas: Earth's Atmosphere and Climate
    Chapter 21: Dry Regions: The Geology of Deserts
    Chapter 22: Amazing Ice: Glaciers and Ice Ages
    Chapter 23: Global Change in the Earth System