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The Dynamic Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology Paperback – April 29, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0471152286 ISBN-10: 0471152285 Edition: 5th

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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: 10.9 x 8.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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American Museum of Natural History John Wiley & Sons and the American Museum of Natural History have collaborated to develop a Web site linking this text to the Museum's permanent exhibition, the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, Rose Center for Earth and Space. The Web site features animations, images and other features from the Museum's extensive collection and Web site. This site will be updated and evolve to include new content. All links are keyed to the text of The Dynamic Earth, 4th Edition. Visit the Web site at www.wiley.com/college/skinner. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Brian J. Skinner, Yale University
Stephen C. Porter, University of Washington --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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The textbook took a very long time to ship and by the time I received it, I find that the book is filled heavily with writing and highlighting on nearly every page but since I got the book so late I had no choice but to keep it.
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Well I had a horrible time with this seller! The book showed up 3 weeks late ! I couldn't go that long without the text book so I had to buy another copy at a bookstore. I would not recommend buying anything from this seller ever !
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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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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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