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  • Spiral Bound
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $74.00
  • Forthcoming: December 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-61752-8
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology

Fourth 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)


Dynamic labs emphasize real-world applications

This lab manual offers a variety of activities for an active, applied student experience and increased flexibility for instructors. Every lab includes “What Do You Think?” exercises in which students apply the course concepts to real-world scenarios. New Geotours Google Earth exercises get students exploring and analyzing real-world sites. A new, unique chapter on global change in which students explore how the Earth will evolve during their lifetime has been added to this edition.


The most applied lab manual, with new Google Earth explorations

NEW Geotours Google Earth activities in each lab allow students to investigate and analyze real-life sites and phenomena, applying concepts as a geologist would. UPDATED “What Do You Think?” mini-cases in each lab get students to connect the geologic concepts to relevant issues such as climate change, the economics of minerals, and the impacts of natural disasters. Selected in-text Exercises—including the “What Do You Think?” questions and Google Earth activities—are assignable via the coursepack.

Thoroughly revised content emphasizes relevance and clarity

A new, unique capstone lab on Global Change—with a particular emphasis on climate change—asks students to assess how the planet will likely change during their lifetimes, and examine their role in furthering or mitigating those processes. The Shoreline Landscapes chapter includes new content on the 2017 hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. And almost every lab has been revised to be clearer and more accessible for students, most notably the labs on Metamorphism and Earthquakes.

Dynamic, lab-specific media resources—right in your Learning Management System

Our coursepack helps students prepare for lab and gives instructors an easy way to collect student responses. Signature Narrative Art videos, animations, and simulations are mapped to the relevant chapters, helping students better visualize and understand the key concepts that inform their lab work. The coursepack also includes pre-lab worksheets, as well as worksheet versions of nearly all the lab Exercises, “What Do You Think?” questions, and Google Earth activities.


    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: Maps and Other Tools

    9. Working with Topographic Maps

    10. Interpreting Geologic Structures on Block Diagrams, Geologic Maps, and Cross Sections

    11. Earthquakes and Seismology

    12. Interpreting Geologic History: What Happened, and When Did it Happen?

    13. Landscapes Formed by Streams

    14. Groundwater as a Landscape Former and Resource

    15. Glacial Landscapes

    16. Processes and Landforms in Arid Environments

    17. Shoreline Landscapes

    18. Looking to the Future: How Will Humans Change and Be Affected By Changes in the Earth System?