The Dynamic Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology
Publication Date 14 Nov 2012
OverviewEarly focus on plate tectonics: The topic is discussed thoroughly in the first two chapters of the text. The authors introduce plate tectonics as a natural consequence of Earth's ongoing loss of internal heat, with GPS measurements, isostasy and global patterns of earthquakes and volcanoes as the observational evidence.Emphasis on the Earth system: The concept of Earth as a unified, interconnected system is introduced in Chapter 1, and stressed throughout the text. This approach helps students tie together geologic facts that might otherwise seem disconnected.Plate tectonics and the Earth system are “revisited” in each chapter: A concluding section in each chapter connects the specialized topics of a chapter to the central themes of the book.Personal essays from the authors: Each chapter begins with an essay from one of the authors about his research in the subfield of geology covered in the chapter.