To understand timely issues such as natural disasters and environmental challenges–and to evaluate solutions to related problems–the average citizen needs a basic awareness of the scientific principles that influence our planet. This trusted book makes an often-complex subject accessible to readers with a strong focus on readability and illustrations. Offers a meaningful, non-technical survey that is informative and up to date for learning basic principles and concepts. Includes a revised and expanded GEODe Earth CD-ROM. Updates and revises art and illustrations to include dozens of new high-quality, photographs carefully selected to aid understanding and add realism. Provides a wealth of new special-interest boxes, including "Earth as a System," "People and the Environment," and "Understanding Earth." A useful reference for anyone interested in learning more about Earth's geology.
A very enjoyable text for the general reader as well as the student - with a nicely done CD
By Craig Matteson - August 20, 2007
I have found reading this text to be an awful lot of fun. Does that sound strange? Learning how the physical features and materials of the Earth came to be has always been fascinating to me. Part of it is because of the vast amounts of time involved, but also because how the descriptions of what has been observed connects so well with what we have come to know. Certainly, there is a lot left to explain, but many things are pretty well documented.
While the concept of Continental Drift has been around for many decades, I remember some of the descriptions of Plate Tectonics when I was a kid in the 60s and the hoopla the idea of floating continents caused. Adults debated back and forth what they heard in the news without much real information about the ideas. Here we are four decades further on and a great deal of confirming discoveries have been made.
The authors write with a lively style what could have been a dry as dust textbook. I love the way it is... read more
By Javier Lizano - February 16, 2009
I recently wrapped-up a Geology course and this was the book we used. The book played an instrumental role in the passing grade ("A") that I received due to its clear and informative way of explaining things. Logically it helps when you have a great professor like the one I had.
The book is structured so that images (lots of them) accompany the text, thus allowing us, the reader, to be able to grasp the concept through visualization and reading comprehension. TRUE it is expensive, yet you can offset the price by purchasing a used one. As with most college material you must look at it for what it is...an investment in our future.
Javier Lizano, Los Angeles, California- USA
"Earth" A review
By Donn Ard "Donn Ard" - September 19, 2010
This is the second edition of this text I've had. I consider it the best basic(or basic+) geology text I've ever seen. It's complete, well organized and introduces the subject in a way which makes the newcomer want to delve further. Its readable format presents the information as more than just pages of cold facts. After more than 50 years as an amateur geologist, I still find myself referring to it.