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.
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. Smartwork5 offers 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.
Table of Contents
Prelude: And Just What Is Geology?
1. The Earth in Context
2. The Way the Earth Works: Plate Tectonics
3. Patterns in Nature: Minerals
4. Up from the Inferno: Magma and Igneous Rocks
5. The Wrath of Vulcan: Volcanic Eruptions
6. Pages of Earth’s Past: Sedimentary Rocks
7. Metamorphism: A Process of Change
8. A Violent Pulse: Earthquakes
9. Crags, Cracks, and Crumples: Crustal Deformations and Mountain Building
10. Deep Time: How Old is Old?
11. A Biography of Earth
12. Riches in Rock: Energy and Mineral Resources
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
Stephen Marshak (Author, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)