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  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $95.00
  • February 2016
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-26339-8
  • 720 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide
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Fifth Edition

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


Stephen Marshak’s bestselling text and media make geology easy for students to understand.

Essentials of Geology, Fifth Edition, integrates Marshak’s popular and proven text approach with exciting new media and assessment resources that guide students to a clearer understanding of the course material. Marshak has personally applied his expertise, with an emphasis on the visuals, to this robust suite of videos, animations and simulations, art, and interactive assessment questions that get students seeing and engaging with geologic concepts as a geologist would.


An expertly crafted text and media package makes geology accessible to every student

Essentials of Geology masterfully combines visuals, photographs, and short captions to create signature Marshak features—such as What A Geologist Sees—thatt help students connect the visible landscape with the geology that forms it. These features help students to understand even the most challenging of concepts. Marshak has personally worked on all aspects of the Fifth Edition media program—including the new 3D animations and simulations, new Narrative Art Videos, and the SmartWork5 assessment questions—to ensure that the full package builds on the text’s approach and provides students with a seamless, consistent learning experience. 

A consistent, learning objective-based format

Marshak uses consistent and simple pedagogy, based on learning objectives, through the entire text and media program. Smartwork5 integrates with the most popular campus LMS's, with single sign-on and automatic grade transfer, making it easy for instructors to assess their students’ understanding with a range of visual question and activity types that include labeling, drag and drop, ranking, and What a Geologist Sees. All questions are keyed to the learning objectives in the text, as well as to Bloom’s taxonomy levels. Coursepacks work free in any LMS, and give instructors all of the tools they need---such as reading quizzes with new visual questions, real world and Narrative Art Videos, and new animations and simulations with a 3D perspective---to create a rich and engaging classroom experience. All of the Coursepack quiz questions are keyed to SmartWork5 and the text’s learning objectives. A complete Google Earth workbook keyed by topic can be assigned for homework. These Google Earth assignments are also available in the Coursepack and SmartWork5, and the paper workbook can be purchased separately or bundled with the text at no additional cost.  

Revised and updated, with an emphasis on how different earth systems interrelate

Essentials of Geology, Fifth Edition, is completely up-to-date with discussions on energy and climate change, including: hydraulic fracking, findings from the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the impact of natural gas and discoveries of North American oil reserves on the global economy. More than half of the artwork in the book has been updated, and every art piece now uses consistent color coding and labeling. New geophysics research and data from Earthscope are covered, as well as Hurricane Sandy, the Washington Landslide, Typhoon Haiyan, the Nepal Earthquake, and the Japanese Tsunami. Essentials of Geology also continues to supply its current events PowerPoint update service with semester-by-semester updates that make it easy for instructors to cover newsworthy geologic phenomena. 

Thoughtful, consistent pedagogy helps students identify and retain key concepts

A range of features throughout the Fifth Edition support students’ understanding of course material. Every chapter opens with clear objectives that serve as a roadmap for the material that follows. Every section includes an extra “Quick Question” to challenge students, while consistent two-page end-of-chapter summaries make for easy review. Did You Ever Wonder questions sprinkled throughout each chapter address issues that typically intrigue or perplex students, and new See For Yourself features direct students to illustrative examples in Google Earth. With the ebook, students can touch a link and “fly” directly to the relevant location via Google Earth.  

        Prelude: And Just What Is Geology?
    1. The Earth in Context
    2. The Way the Earth Works: Plate Tectonics
    3. Patterns in Nature: Minerals
        Interlude A: Rock Groups
    4. Up from the Inferno: Magma and Igneous Rocks
    5. The Wrath of Vulcan: Volcanic Eruptions
        Interlude B: A Surface Veneer: Sediments and Soils
    6. Pages of Earth’s Past: Sedimentary Rocks
    7. Metamorphism: A Process of Change
        Interlude C: The Rock Cycle
    8. A Violent Pulse: Earthquakes
        Interlude D: The Earth’s Interior Revisited: Insights from Geophysics
    9. Crags, Cracks, and Crumples: Crustal Deformations and Mountain Building
        Interlude E: Memories of Past Life: Fossils and Evolution
    10. Deep Time: How Old is Old?
    11. A Biography of Earth
    12. Riches in Rock: Energy and Mineral Resources
        Interlude F: An Introduction to Landscapes and the Hydrologic Cycle
    13: Unsafe Ground: Landslides and Other Mass Movements
    14. Streams and Floods: The Geology of Running Water
    15. Restless Realm: Oceans and Coasts
    16. A Hidden Reserve: Groundwater
    17. Dry Regions: The Geology of Deserts
    18. Amazing Ice: Glaciers and Ice Ages
    19. Global Change in the Earth System

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