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  • Paperback + Digital Product License Key Folder
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $95.00
  • Forthcoming: January 2019
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-66752-3
  • 720 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide
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Essentials of Geology

Sixth Edition

Paperback + Digital Product License Key Folder

with Ebook, Smartwork5, Student Site, and Guided Learning Explorations

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


A hands-on, visual learning experience for physical geology

Marshak’s NEW Guided Learning Explorations on key topics, Smartwork5 activities featuring a variety of engaging question types, and exclusive Geotours Google Earth exercises make for a memorable hands-on learning experience. These resources integrate and build on the vibrant, narrative-style visuals from the text. Our robust suite of videos, animations, and interactive simulations help students master geologic concepts.


Publication date for instructor exam copies:December 2018

On-sale date for student copies and accompanying resources: July 2019

Three hands-on options to help your students learn

NEW Guided Learning Explorations are carefully scaffolded online exercises that ask students to engage in increasingly applied ways with geoscience topics. Smartwork5offers a broader, more customizable selection of questions that coach students. You can turn on pre-made assignments with one click, or fully customize each assignment.Geotours exercises use Google Earth to explore and help students interpret real world sites. Use these activities separately or together.

The most vibrant art and visual media builds understanding

The Sixth Editionfeatures stunning new and revised art in every chapter, employing Marshak’s signature approach of “step-by-step” breakdowns of important processes. You’ll also find an extensive suite of animations and interactive simulations (including 10 new topics); narrative art videos (authored and narrated by Marshak himself); and over 100 NEW real-world videos. All of which build directly on the art in the text to give students the most cohesive learning experience.

The most current text, emphasizing relevance to student’s lives

The Sixth Edition spotlights recent geologic events and the most up-to-date research throughout, helping students connect geologic processes to the world around them. This includes natural disasters that have impacted many students and the communities in which they live. Many of the “Consider This” boxes throughout the text examine the connection between geologic concepts and societal impacts, and the author begins most chapters with a real-world story.



    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: Seismic Layering, the Magnetic Field, and Gravity

    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

    Metric Conversion Chart

    The Periodic Table of Elements