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Geology Books for College & University Students1. Essentials of Geology (8th Edition) by Frederick K. Lutgens, Edward J. Tarbuck, Dennis Tasa, Paperback: 480 pages, Publisher: Prentice Hall
Building on the tremendous reception to its parent volume, Earth 8th edition, the same groundbreaking media package is now integrated into the brief version of the best-selling introductory physical geology volume. Represents a thorough revision, yet retains the hallmarks readers have come to expect from Tarbuck and Lutgen. Reader friendly writing style, carefully crafted illustrations by Dennis Tasa that are both geologically accurate and visually appealing, and updated coverage of the most recent geologic events. The volume provides an introduction to geology covering minerals, igneous rocks, volcanoes and other igneous activity, weathering and soil, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, mass wasting, running water, groundwater, glaciers and glaciation, deserts and wind, shorelines, the ocean floor, earthquakes and earth's interior, plate tectonics, mountain building, geologic time, and earth history. For individuals interested in an introduction to geology.

2. Geology and the Environment (with InfoTrac) by Bernard W. Pipkin, Dee D. Trent Bernard W. Pipkin, Paperback: 544 pages, Publisher: Brooks Cole
This book explores the relationship between humans and the geologic hazards, processes, and resources that surround us. A true market leader, the book has an accessible and entertaining writing style, superior pedagogy, appropriate amount of detail and coverage, and tables that provide meaningful and relevant real data for readers. With an emphasis on geology that can improve the human endeavor, this new edition addresses the changing market as it consistently emphasizes student decision-making, careers, resources, and relevance. Medical geology, environmental law, land-use planning, and engineering geology are discussed within the context of each geologic situation rather than as separate chapters. The book has been updated to address recent events, such as earthquakes in Turkey and Taiwan and the Hector Mine earthquake in Southern California. There are now more global references, reflecting the increased scope of this field of study.

3.  The Changing Earth : Exploring Geology and Evolution (with InfoTrac and Samson's Earth Systems CD-ROM) by James S. Monroe, Reed Wicander, Paperback: 800 pages, Brooks Cole
This colorful introductory textbook explores earth's materials and the geologic processes associated with them. The authors' lively writing style and abundant use of analogies draw students' into the material, while a completely integrated pedagogical structure enhances comprehension of important concepts. Throughout, the text emphasizes the connections between the content and students' own lives, allowing them to learn more easily and develop a greater appreciation for physical geology.

4. Physical Geology : Exploring the Earth (with Physical Geology Now and InfoTrac) by James S. Monroe, Reed Wicander, Paperback: 672 pages, Publisher: Brooks Cole
Provides a comprehensive overview of the physical aspects of Earth's processes, not just on its surface, but above and below as well. In this acclaimed book, the authors link diverse material with the common thread of plate tectonics, an approach that provides a global perspective of Earth and allows students to recognize seemingly unrelated geologic phenomena as a continuum of interrelated events within a complete planetary system. In addition to providing students with a basic understanding of geology and its processes, the authors also demonstrate how geology relates to the human experience, affecting individuals as well as society as a whole.

5. Principles of Environmental Geochemistry by Nelson Eby, Hardcover: 528 pages, Brooks Cole
The book is process oriented, emphasizing the tools needed to understand environmental problems, and is not a recitation of environmental problems and issues. Chemistry topics are developed from first principles and the focus is on those principles that are most useful in the environmental field. This textbook is more accessible than the larger, higher-level environmental geochemistry books on the market that assume familiarity with chemical and quantitative background material. The topical coverage is broad, including extensive material on the isotopic and mineralogical aspects of environmental issues and a significant chapter on the atmosphere. Case studies are integrated throughout to show the application of the various principles to real-world problems. Many of the very extensive set of end-of-chapter problems encourage students to become familiar with the scientific literature on this subject.

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