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  • Spiral Bound
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $74.00
  • March 2015
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93791-6
  • 480 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology

Third Edition

Spiral Bound

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Allan Ludman (Author, Queens College, City University of New York), Stephen Marshak (Author, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)


Engaging, hands-on, and visual—the geology manual that helps your students think like a geologist.

The Third Edition has been thoroughly updated to help make your geology lab more active and engaging. This edition features new “What Do You Think” mini-cases that promote critical thinking, new and vastly-improved topographic maps, and updated, detailed reference figures in every chapter. With low prices and package deals available with all Marshak texts, the Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology, Third Edition, is truly the best choice for your lab.


A completely revised art and map program

New and enlarged figures with a 3D perspective and many new, high-resolution images (including more detailed DEMs and satellite photos) have been added to every chapter. In addition, every topographic map has been painstakingly created anew, specifically for this edition by Mapping Specialists, for greater clarity and accuracy. All of these new figures are crystal clear and have the appropriate amount of detail to bring key points together for better student understanding.  

Helps students think like geologists

Every chapter is comprised of simple yet active exercises, with small sections of explanatory text oriented around the accessible lab assignments. New “What Do You Think” mini-cases in each chapter pose real-world scenarios and challenge students to provide a solution or opinion based on their lab work.  

Designed with instructors in mind

The authors incorporated detailed feedback from instructors to make significant revisions and improvements to the labs on tectonics, topographic maps, coasts, and rock identification. Also, the structural geology lab has been simplified, and a new lab on volcanoes has been added.  

Helps students come to class prepared

Pre-lab questions are available for assignment in the Coursepack to make sure that students are prepared for the upcoming lab. Online versions of many exercises are provided for distance-learning classes or classes that are receiving at least a portion of their instruction online. 

A Great Value

This text’s three-hole punch and bundle options bring lab costs down considerably, and new custom and eBook formats offer additional value options.  

    1. Setting the Stage for Learning about the Earth
    2. The Way the Earth Works: Examining Plate Tectonics
    3. Minerals
    4. Minerals, Rocks and the Rock Cycle
    5. Using Igneous Rocks to Interpret Earth History
    6. Using Sedimentary Rocks to Interpret Earth History
    7. Interpreting Metamorphic Rocks
    8. Studying Earth’s Landforms
    9. Working with Topographic Maps
    10. Landscapes Formed by Streams
    11. Glacial Landscapes
    12. Groundwater as a Landscape Former and Resource
    13. Processes and Landforms in Arid Environments
    14. Shorelines Landscapes
    15. Interpreting Geologic Structures on Block Diagrams, Geologic Maps, and Cross Sections
    16. Earthquakes and Seismology
    17. Interpreting Geologic History: What Happened, and When Did it Happen