For lab courses in Physical Geology.
A top-seller for over 35 years with over one million copies sold, this lab manual represents by far the best collection of photos of rocks and minerals–and one of the best compilations of exercises–available. With exercises using maps, aerial photos, satellite imagery, and other materials, this classic manual encompasses all the major geologic processes as well as the identification of rocks and minerals. All changes in the Twelfth Edition are based on reviewer feedback.
- NEW–New maps and exciting images—Updates every section in the manual.
- NEW–Better background information—Expands all introductory discussion sections to provide students with a more comprehensive foundation.
- NEW–All questions were reviewed and refined for better direction and clarity.
- Extensive use of photos and maps from the USGS's EROS Data Center in Sioux Falls—These photos and maps are hand selected by Ken Hamblin to show the best and most up-to-date evidence of geologic processes.
- Unrivaled collection of photographs, maps, and illustrations—All visuals are printed on semi-gloss paper with 300 line screen to provide the absolutely best, highest resolution reproductions possible, while accommodating student writing/erasing cleanly. They include:
~A superb collection of rock and mineral photos, including hand samples, thin sections, and microscopic views of texture
~Extensive use of high-resolution satellite imagery, reproduced in stunning detail and color
~Topographic maps carefully edited to focus students’ attention on the task at hand
~Stereoscopic images showing tremendous detail in major geologic structures
- ”Process-based” organization—Produces an atypically broad, rich collection of tightly focused labs from which instructors can choose.
- Vivid illustrations and descriptions in the rock and minerals labs—Provide clear direction in these early, foundational labs.
- Oversize book trim size—Provides space for larger illustrations, maps, and photographs.
- Transparencies—A collection of 100 pieces of art from the text, including many of the maps.
New to this Edition
- New maps and exciting images—Updates every section in the manual.
- Better background information—Expands all introductory discussion sections to provide students with a more comprehensive foundation.
- All questions were reviewed and refined for better direction and clarity.
Table of Contents
1. Minerals and Crystal Growth
2. Mineral Identification
3. Igneous Rocks
4. Sedimentary Rocks
5. Metamorphic Rocks
6. Geologic Time—Relative Dating
7. Maps and Aerial Photos
8. Landforms of the United States
9. Stream Erosion and Deposition
10. Mass Movement
11. Groundwater and Karst Topography
12. Valley Glaciation
13. Continental Glaciation
14. Shoreline Processes
15. Eolian Processes
16. Structural Geology
18. Plate Tectonics
19. Divergent Plate Boundaries
20. Transform Plate Boundaries
21. Convergent Plate Boundaries
22. Plumes and Hotspots
23. Planetary Geology