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The Dynamic Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology 5th Edition

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A comprehensive introduction that focuses on all of the major scientific processes of physical geology. Researched and written by two eminent geologists, the third edition includes new overarching themes of environmental issues and human interaction with the earth and its resources. Each chapter begins with an essay on this subject. Each part ends with a guest essay on the good stewardship of the Earth--how we can take care of our planet. The art program has been revised with 40% new art throughout to reflect current research. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 5 edition (April 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471152285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471152286
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 24, 2006
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Skinner, Porter and Park give you a richly illustrated introduction to geology. The text spans the breadth of modern geology, and shows an exciting and changing planet. There are numerous photos of examples of terrain, often accompanied by schematics to aid understanding. The latest techniques practised in geology are explained. Especially noteworthy is the extensive use of GPS. This has greatly aided recording the location of interesting geological samples.

Earthquakes are also well covered, and will probably be of interest to many readers, especially if you are in California. The history of the Richter and Mercalli scales is gone into. Unfortunately, predicting quakes is still very uncertain!

The discussion on earthquakes is also used as a good example of plate tectonics, where the latter is probably the central idea of geology.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. A. SMITH on August 27, 2006
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This book is one of the standard university texts in physical geology, along with Understanding Earth by Frank Press et al. The book is well written and very well illustrated. The discription of plate tectonics and it's integration throughout the book is very well done. Like most such texts, it has the disadvantage of being written by lifelong academics with little or no contact with the extraxtive industries. Their treatment of energy extraction is superficial at best. One of the most important developments in geology over the past 30 years, that of sequence stratigraphy, does not even get a mention, perhaps because it came out of the oil exploration industry. (Understanding Earth does devote a paragraph or two to sequence stratigraphy.)

I confess that I did not buy a copy from Amazon. I picked mine up at a Border's Bookstore in London. The only difference in my copy and one bought in the US is a large graphic on the cover saying "Restricted: not for sale in North America". Why the restriction? Like many university textbooks, this one can be bought in overseas at a fraction of the US price. My undiscounted Border's London price was $59.19, a little more than half the US price. Quite remarkable, considering the current weakness of the US dollar to the UK pound.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By katie on September 12, 2014
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The description of the product said it was in good condition. However, when I received it in the mail, there were stains, tears, and a multitude of writing throughout the book. I am keeping it because of the great price, but I think it would be wise to let the buyer know of the actual condition of the product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By michael on September 26, 2012
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The book is well designed with informative graphs, tables and other visuals. It is easy to follow for the beginner but has enough information to include the intermediates, but not the adepts. This is a good beginner book for all of those wanting to begin learning about geology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lifes2good on October 7, 2012
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This book was in good condition plus it arrived quickly. Although it was the previous edition, my professor said it will work. $8 versus $130 for a used newer edition? This was a no-brainer. Recycle, re-use.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gc108 on October 17, 2011
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Very satisfied with this purchase. Exactly what I expected. The book was the correct edition and in a condition accurate to what was said in the description.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shell Burger on October 6, 2014
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Purchased this book for a college geology class. This was a lot cheaper than the college book store. The book was good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CCEUSU on September 25, 2012
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The only reason I purchased the book was for for class and I have only read it once or twice. Oh well!
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