Earth fulfills the needs of instructors who wish to offer more coverage of geologic history in their freshman-level courses. The first 18 chapters are drawn directly from Essentials of Geology and introduce the key concepts of physical geology. The subsequent eight chapters offer a chronological and comprehensive understanding of the Precambrian, the Paleozoic, the Mesozoic, and the Cenozoic era.
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Stanley Chernicoff received his B.A. degree in Political Science from the City University of New York. After taking a geology class in his final year of school, he was inspired to pursue further study in this field. He subsequently entered the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, geology program where he received his doctorate in Glacial and Quaternary Geology under the guidance of one of America's preeminent glacial geologists, Dr. H.E.Wright.
Since 1981, Chernicoff has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle where he has won several teaching awards. At the university, he has taught classes in Physical Geology, the Great Ice Ages, and the Geology of the Pacific Northwest to more than 20,000 students and has trained hundreds of graduate teaching assistants in the art of bringing geology alive for non-majors.
Haydn A. "Chip" Fox received his B.A. in Theology and Journalism from Ambassador College in Big Sandy, TX. He spent the next 15 years in several non-academic pursuits, and then decided to return to college to become an earth science teacher. In 1992 he received a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of South Carolina.
Fox has served in the department of Earth Science at both Southeast Missouri State University and Clemson University. He is currently a faculty member at Texas A&M University, Commerce where he teaches numerous courses in earth science and the environmental sciences.
Lawrence H. Tanner received his B.A. in Geology from Williams College in 1978. He subsequently earned a Ph.D in Geology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Currently, he teaches classes in Physical, Environmental and Historical Geology at Bloomsburg University.Review:
"In comparison specifically to Monroe and Wicander's The Changing Earth, this text far surpasses in terms of quality and quantity...I would seriously consider adopting this text."
"Overall the feature that makes this book distinctive over other texts is its easy readability. It is student friendly and anything that encourages students to read the textbook will increase the students understanding and retention of subject material. Also, the order of presentation is exactly what I have been looking for in a textbook for many years. The presentation of events on a global scale and then events on a national scale reflects an easy and natural progression of subject material. After examining the manuscript I would seriously consider adopting this textbook for my class."
"The 'Chapter Summary' is very concise and covers the important aspects of Paleozoic life. Excellent. The 'Questions for Review' are comprehensive and are also an excellent learning tool. 'The Questions for Further Thought' are an excellent way to review the chapter highlights. The content is appropriate for this chapter as well as the scope. The sequence and connections created by the questions in both sections are excellent for the student to understand Paleozoic life."
"I think this will be a good addition to the college market for combined Physical/Historical Geology texts. I enjoyed the writing style and the historical perspective given at the beginning of each chapter setting the stage for the reader."
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