Intended for the introductory-level college course, this text aims to give the student a broad overview of environmental geology. It looks both at how the earth developed into its present condition and where matters seem to be moving for the future. It is hoped that this knowledge will provide the student with a useful foundation for discussing and evaluating specific environmental issues, as well as for developing ideas about how the problems should be solved. - Living Geology boxed readings (one per chapter) relate chapter material to situations, problems or applications that might be encountered in everyday life. - NetNotes, at the end of each chapter, have been significantly updated. These are modest collections of Internet sites that provide students with another avenue for further exploration and research. - Access to PowerWeb Geology, a course-specific website developed with the help of instructors teaching the course to provide instructors and students with curriculum-based materials, updated weekly assessments, informative and timely world news, refereed web links and much more.