Book Description: Physical Geology is a comprehensive introductory text on the physical aspects of geology, including rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciation, groundwater, streams, coasts, mass wasting, climate change, planetary geology and much. In looking at the Table of Contents, the book includes 22 chapters that cover all of the topics one would expect in a comprehensive physical geology textbook. Unless otherwise noted, this book is released under a Creative Commons Physical Geology by Steven Earle used under a CC-BY
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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. After traipsing around the US west on my recent road trip, and hitting inumerable uber-fabulous interpretive centers at the National and State Parks, I could not help but wonder, what the heck is all this junk I'm lookin' at? More specifically, it was hard not to wonder why the formations in Arches, those fantastic red liquidy bridges that, before they've been arched by erosion, look like huge sliding screens, layer after layer out to the horizon, are what they are, and not what the formations i After traipsing around the US west on my recent road trip, and hitting inumerable uber-fabulous interpretive centers at the National and State Parks, I could not help but wonder, what the heck is all this junk I'm lookin' at?
More specifically, it was hard not to wonder why the formations in Arches, those fantastic red liquidy bridges that, before they've been arched by erosion, look like huge sliding screens, layer after layer out to the horizon, are what they are, and not what the formations in Badlands are, colorfully banded mounds, sometimes mesa topped and sporting prairie grass hairdos, sometimes jaggedy ridgelines, sometimes full of the rivulet patterns made by water cutting its way through rock that looks soft enough to take a chunk out with my bare hands.
And that is a lot to wonder about. I also had the good fortune to visit my friend Eco Gwen on the same journey; she is currently enrolled in Geology , and while she could not answer all of my questions after 2 weeks in the course, such as what really is the difference between a mineral and a rock , nor could I understand her answers, which had a lot to do with crystalline something or other and atomic structure.
I don't suspect I will become an expert amateur, or if I'll even be able to answer my own question above, that irritating run on sentence comparing Arches and Badlands formations, after I skim this book. But if it answers even 2 or 3 of the hundreds of observations I made out in the wide, wide, world, which so far it has, then indeed, this is a good read. The second part describes the state of the Earth as a planet, its structure and composition.
The chapter about the geologic time scale is also included into this part. It is advised to the readers to look at this page for updates of the geologic time scale, which has been changed a bit after writing this book and, probably, even after writing this review. The third part is entitled The Hydrologic System. Not the only geological activity of rivers, seas, and glaciers is considered in this part, but also weathering and mass wasting, karst phenomena, and aeolian processes.
The fourth part deals with tectonic processes. Special chapters are reserved there to tell about seismicity and volcanism. The author emphasizes on those pieces of knowledge that are well- proven and that are essential for learning geology.
Of course, this does not mean the modern research achievements are totally omitted. Secondly, the subjects are treated with attention to details, which makes this book very rich. Look at these examples. Speaking about karst, JAIN indicates such epikarst forms as grikes and kamenitzas, which are rarely discussed in the professional literature RuBAN Characterizing volcanism, the author devotes a special sub- chapter JAIN chose subjects to emphasize at his own discretion.