Earth's Dynamic Systems (10th Edition)

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This Tenth Edition maintains its solid coverage of the two major energy systems of Earth: the plate tectonic system and the hydrologic cycle. Boasting a new four-part organization, this renowned book contains current content and a striking illustration package, while exposing readers to a global view of Earth and helping them look at the world as geologists do. Part I introduces geologic systems, the materials modified by these systems, and geologic time. Part II examines the hydrologic system and its subsystems chapter by chapter. Part III explores the details of the tectonic system and includes chapters on divergent, transform, and convergent boundaries, as well as mantle plumes?the subsystems of the tectonic system. Part IV looks at our planet in two ways: by first examining the geologic resources that make life possible, and then by comparing and contrasting Earth with other planets to reveal how unique our planet is. For professionals with a career or interest in geology, Earth science, and/or environmental science.

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Highly acclaimed and praised as the best teaching text available, Earth's Dynamic Systems is the only introductory text that fully integrates the two major energy systems of Earth: the plate tectonic system and the hydrological system. Using these systems to explore fundamental geological processes, the seventh edition of this leader continues to offer Hamblin's trademark "question- statement-discussion-example" format and unrivaled art program.

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There are two major pathways for the flow of energy and matter on Earth: (1) the hydrologic system—the circulation of water over Earth's surface and through its atmosphere powered by energy from the Sun, and (2) the tectonic system—the movement of material powered by heat from Earth's interior. These two unifying themes form the backbone of Earth's Dynamic Systems, providing a logical, well-crafted, spectacularly illustrated introduction to physical geology.

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GeoLogic—Geologists have a unique way of "reading" the landscape and rocks. These essays illustrate in words and images how modern geologists interpret the world around us.

Updated and Enhanced Student CD-ROM: Includes dozens of high-quality animations, photographs, and videos.

  • Guided Tours: These animated tours of Earth's major landforms illustrate key concepts in a way the printed word and still pictures cannot.
  • Slideshows: Written and photographed by the authors, the slideshows expand on the text with additional photographs and explanations.
  • Videos and animations: Gathered from geologists around the world, these illustrate both fundamental concepts and how modern geologists study Earth

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