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Published: 15 July 2015

768 Pages

8-1/2 x 11 inches

ISBN: 9780199965557

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Physical Geology Today

Damian Nance and Brendan Murphy

  • Deep integration of plate tectonics throughout every chapter and in unique end-of-chapter discussions. The book uses plate tectonics to demonstrate relationships between topics discussed in different chapters
  • An emphasis on concepts, geologic process, and connections provides students with a deeper and more durable understanding of physical geology
  • Clear and accessible prose engages students by weaving together a story and introducing the right amount of terminology at the right time
  • A functional and stunning full-color art program introduces themes using striking overview graphics at the beginning of each chapter and features hundreds of meticulously developed figures throughout in order to illustrate ongoing processes and changes over time
  • Boxed features add breadth and depth to the discussion with several thought-provoking features:
  • ***"Living on Earth" case studies highlight the many intersections between everyday life and the environment, emphasizing why the chapter content is important and relevant
  • ***"Science Refresher" boxes review key scientific concepts that are critical to understanding the topics at hand
  • ***"In Depth" features give instructors the option to expand upon select themes by providing additional background and detail about special topics that are relevant to each chapter
  • Learning support features help students progress smoothly and effectively through the material by providing a variety of tools that they can use to check their understanding of the right things at the right time:
  • ***"Check your Understanding" questions strategically placed throughout the text ensure that students understand key points before moving forward
  • ***"Key Terms" listed at the end of each chapter provide a useful review of important vocabulary
  • ***"Key Concepts" reviews recap the most important points presented in every chapter in order to make sure that students grasp core concepts
  • ***"Study Questions" for self-review conclude each chapter
  • Robust ancillary package offers a wealth of high-quality resources and assessments for instructors and students:
  • ***The Ancillary Resource Center (ARC), available online exclusively to adopters, includes all textbook figures from the text, two PowerPoint-based presentations per chapter, animations, animation exercises, a complete test bank, and a computerized test bank
  • ***The Dashboard platform by Oxford University Press provides students and instructors with quizzes for each chapter, detailed animations, animation exercises, and interactive exercises

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