Exploring Earth is the first introductory text to take an integrative approach to physical geology within the framework of geologic processes. The text places plate tectonics as a central theme and organizes material around plate boundaries. *Approach. This book portrays Geology as it really is - a science that integrates Physics, Chemistry, and Biology - within the context of a process organization that places these fundamental principles within a Geological framework. *Organization. Unique process-oriented focus helps students gain a better understanding of how Earth works. *Art Program. Meticulously produced art program features many illustrative photos, maps and line drawings. Frequently, a single graphic is composed of both line art and photographs. These images make it easier for students to conceptualize material within the larger geologic process. *Pedagogy. - Speed Bumps: Brief interim summaries are incorporated throughout chapters, especially after discussion of important concepts, allowing students to pause, review, remember, and then continue their studies. - Cross-references: Cross references are included to help students build their understanding of the many connections within Earths systems. These are marked by an icon, and indicate where the referenced material was introduced or previously mentioned. Pg. 83 - End-of-Chapter Materials: Each chapter concludes with 'Questions for Review and Further Thought' and a list of suggested readings. Pg. 220 *Enrichment Material. - Focus Boxes: Take a closer, more in-depth look at interesting topics presented in a chapter. Some examples include 'Simulating Earths Interior' ; 'The Eruption of Mount St. Helens' ; 'Why is the Ocean Salty?' ; and 'The Antarctic Ozone Hole'. Pg. 230, 408 - Living with Geology: These boxes help students understand the environment and how it directly affects our lives. Topics include 'Can Earthquakes be Controlled?' ; 'Acid Rain' ; 'Explosive Volcanic Eruptions: A Hazard to Aircraft'; and 'Damming a Wild River'.Pg. 160, 251 *Comprehensive Ancillary Package: The text is accompanied by a variety of useful materials for both students and instructors. The package includes an innovative World Wide Web site, http://www.prenhall.com/davidson that brings the power of the internet to the introductory study of Physical Geology, Life on the Internet - Geoscience which is a students guide to accessing and utilizing the internet, The New York Times - The Changing Earth, a variety of lab materials (available at a discount when packaged with the text), as well a high-quality traditional supplements package.
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Jon P. Davidson received his undergraduate degree in Geology from the University of Durham and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Leeds. He has held a Visiting Assistant Professorship at both Southern Methodist University in Texas and the University of Michigan. He joined the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1988 and taught courses in Earth Science, Historical Geology, Igneous Petrology, Isotope Geochemistry, Volcanology, and the Regional Geology of Britain and New Zealand. In 2000 he was appointed Chair of Earth Sciences at the University of Durham, U.K. Professor Davidson has led field trips to the Cascades, the southwestern United States, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Britain.
In 1994 Professor Davidson received the UCLA Harriet and Charles Luckman Outstanding Teaching award, and in 1998 he received the Wager Medal of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior. Davidson is an igneous petrologist and geochemist, with a keen interest in volcanology. His work focuses primarily on volcanoes in the Caribbean, the Andes, Ascension Island in the south Atlantic, Iran, and Kamchatka in Russia. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, cricket, football (both types), and music.
Walter E. Reed received his Ph.D. in 1972 from the University of California, Berkeley and joined the faculty of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1973. Prior to his arrival at UCLA, he worked in an oil company research laboratory for four years and worked for two years for the Department of Defense on the Nuclear Test Site and at the National Reactor Test Range. He has won two "best paper" awards, one in organic geochemistry and one (with his graduate student) in structural geology. Professor Reed has taught continuously since arriving at UCLA, and his courses include Introductory Geology, Sedimentology and Sedimentary Petrology, and Field Geology, spending six to eight weeks each summer with students in the Sierra Nevadas with the latter course.
Professor Reed is a field geologist with experience throughout the western United States, the Aleutian Islands, Spitsbergen, Norway, and Israel. His recent work focuses on California's western Transverse Ranges and on a tectonically emplaced metamorphic-plutonic complex in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Professor Reed's hobbies include trout fishing, skiing, ice climbing, and building and riding Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Paul M. Davis is a Professor of Geophysics at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Queensland, followed by postdoctoral studies at both the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of Alberta and the Department of Geodesy and Geophysics at the University of Cambridge. He joined the faculty at UCLA in 1980 and has recently served as the Vice-Chair and Chair of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences. He teaches Seismology and Applied Geophysics.
Professor Davis received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1995 to conduct research in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford. Upon his return to UCLA, he assumed the position of senior editor of the American Geophysical Union Journal of Geophysical Research (Solid Earth). His research uses geophysical experiments to study lithospheric dynamics. He has installed magnetometer arrays on volcanoes on Kilauea, Hawaii and Washington's Mount St. Helens and has carried out seismic array studies of the Mount Etna volcano and the Rio Grande, East African, and Baikal rifts. Professor Davis' interests include racquetball, sailing, hiking, and backpacking with his family.From the Back Cover:
By employing plate tectonics as its central and unifying theme, Exploring Earth takes an innovative, integrative, and process-oriented approach in presenting the traditional breadth of physical geology topics.
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