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Instructors favor the Essentials of Geology (Third Edition) ISBN 9780393932386 as a teaching tool for incoming freshmen because of its excellent pedagogical structure. It tells students exactly what to focus on and provides excellent review materials for self study. Essentials of Geology (Third Edition) by Stephen Marshak has been updated with brand new...
Instructors favor the Essentials of Geology (Third Edition) ISBN 9780393932386 as a teaching tool for incoming freshmen because of its excellent pedagogical structure. It tells students exactly what to focus on and provides excellent review materials for self study. Essentials of Geology (Third Edition) by Stephen Marshak has been updated with brand new supplements. The author succeeds in writing an engaging narrative on the story of the earth in a very accurate, relatable, and easy to understand manner. Some of the topics covered in the book include the earth in context, the study of the universe, plate tectonics and how the earth works, minerals, magma and ingenious rocks, and sedimentary rocks. Students will also be able to find topics on the rock cycle, earthquakes, mountain building and crystal deformation, plus fossils and evolution. Marshak explains (in great detail) the ‘biography' of the earth, energy and mineral resources, the hydrologic cycle, deserts, bodies of water, and more importantly, the current global change debate. The appendix features unique ‘geotours'; it can be accessed online, allowing teachers and their students to visit the different sites of interest through the internet, including desert and glacial landscapes, Precambrian metamorphic terrains, diamond mines, plate boundaries, and the strata of the Colorado plateau. Geology is made more exciting and engaging in this revision, thanks to the use of technology. This book is also one of the most current and complete references on climate change. For instructors, there are course packs available. Students have access to the student website, which is filled with worksheets, chapter reviews, diagnostic quizzes, and reading guides.
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