Seventh Edition   ©2014

Understanding Earth

John Grotzinger (California Institute of Technology) , Thomas H. Jordan (University of Southern California)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4641-3874-5; ISBN-13: 978-1-4641-3874-4; Format: Paper Text, 752 pages

Chapter 1
The Earth System

Chapter 2
Plate Tectonics: The Unifying Theory

Chapter 3
Earth Materials: Minerals and Rocks

Chapter 4
Igneous Rocks: Solids from Melts

Chapter 5
Sedimentation: Rocks Formed by Surface Processes

Chapter 6
Metamorphism: Alteration of Rocks by Temperature and Pressure

Chapter 7
Deformation: Modifi cation of Rocks by Folding and Fracturing

Chapter 8
Clocks in Rocks: Timing the Geologic Record

Chapter 9
Early History of the Terrestrial Planets

Chapter 10
History of the Continents

Chapter 11
Geobiology: Life Interacts with Earth

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14
Exploring Earth’s Interior

Chapter 15
The Climate System

Chapter 16
Weathering, Erosion, and Mass Wasting: Interactions Between the Climate and Plate Tectonic Systems

Chapter 17
The Hydrologic Cycle and Groundwater

Chapter 18
Stream Transport: From Mountains to Oceans

Chapter 19
Winds and Deserts

Chapter 20
Coastlines and Ocean Basins

Chapter 21
Glaciers: The Work of Ice

Chapter 22
Landscape Development

Chapter 23
The Human Impact on Earth’s Environment

Appendix 1 Conversion Factors

Appendix 2 Numerical Data Pertaining to Earth

Appendix 3 Chemical Reactions

Appendix 4 Properties of the Most Common Minerals of Earth’s Crust

Appendix 5 Practicing Geology Exercises: Answers to Problems