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Earth: Portrait of a Planet (Fourth Edition) [Paperback]

Stephen Marshak
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October 17, 2011 0393935183 978-0393935189 Fourth Edition

Innovative and up-to-date—the number one Introduction to Geology textbook.

The Fourth Edition of Earth: Portrait of a Planet provides the perfect balance between an authoritative, yet accessible text and a stunning narrative art program. This makes it the book of choice for instructors and students, who all have their own diverse styles of both teaching and learning. The Fourth Edition of this best-selling text constitutes a major revision, packed with recent updates and new features such as beautiful and innovative narrative figures, stimulating inquiry-based pedagogy, a tightened core narrative, hundreds of new photographs, and coverage of hot topics, like the March 2011 earthquake/tsunami that devastated Japan, the rare element crisis, the shifting price of oil, and the recent tornado outbreaks.

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Stephen Marshak is Professor of Geology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he is also the Director of the School of Earth, Society, and Environment. He holds an AB from Cornell University, an MS from the University of Arizona, and a PhD from Columbia University. Steve’s research interests lie in structural geology and tectonics. This work has taken him into the field on multiple continents. He has also won his college’s and university’s highest teaching awards. In addition to research papers and Earth: Portrait of a Planet, Steve has authored Essentials of Geology; and has co-authored Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology; Earth Structure: An Introduction to Structural Geology and Tectonics; and Basic Methods of Structural Geology.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 819 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Fourth Edition edition (October 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393935183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393935189
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome May 26, 2014
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I wish it was hardback, but it was a very good textbook. No writing or highlighting- exactly what I ordered.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good October 27, 2013
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This book is excellent for my Geology class, It is very helpfull, also the web page works very good. The book will be for my 3 Geology classes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rental! October 5, 2013
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The book was delivered promptly, was in excellent condition, and was at a very affordable price! This was my first time renting a textbook for class and I'll definitely do it again!
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By Miguel
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I very much like it, it was like new as advertized. I would definately to my fellow students at my college. I will continue to purchase books and other products from you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition April 5, 2013
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The book came in great condition and the class was great! I encourage you to get this book and take that class its fun and educational. Rocks For Jocks!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Same as Third Edition June 17, 2013
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Do you want to save money? Buy the third Edition it has the same information, same chapters and the third edition is cheaper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent learning tool. February 20, 2013
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I bought this book for my son for a college course he was taking. I have an interest in Geology so I have been reading it when he doesn't need to read it. I really like the visual approach it uses to teach concepts. Good learning tool.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Earth February 20, 2014
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This book was purchased for a course that I was taking. It served its purpose for the purpose intended. I would recommend the usage of this book.
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