2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2013
Great textbook that is organized very well. The book has a very nice layout and several pages of color photographs. This book has helped me tremendously in my physical geography course and I would recommend it to someone taking a 300-400 level physical geography course at a university. The book is comprised of 13 chapters:
Chapter 1: Minerals: The Foundations of Societies
Chapter 2:Plate Tectonics and the origins of Resources
Chapter 3:Earth Resources Through History
Chapter 4: Environmental Impacts of Resource Exploitation and Use
Chapter 5: Energy from Fossil Fuels
Chapter 6: Nuclear and Renewable Energy Sources
Chapter 7: Abundant Metals
Chapter 8: The Geochemically Scarce Metals
Chapter 9: Fertilizer and Chemical Minerals
Chapter 10: Building Materials and Other Industrial Materials
Chapter 11: Water Resources
Chapter 12: Soil as a Resource
Chapter 13: Future Resources
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2013
Its an OK textbook, I need it for the class...
-lots of statistics and information that will be forgotten once the class is over.
-only has a small section in the middle with color photos, everything else is black and white.
-bought it new, wish I hadn't, definitely mostly useless compared to wikipedia other than for passing the class
-if you have a book shelf, it might look nice up there and make you appear smart or concerned about the environmetnt
-it does have some interesting factoids and tidbits and such, a few good side stories that support the chapter material
-most of the info in it it will probably be too out of date within 10 years or so to be worth revisiting
-it is a good interdisciplinary science treatment and if your professor is like mine, all the tests will have questions directly from it.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2012
I purchased this book from our boookstore as new, but it did not come with the online access code. I wouldd advise people to ensure they have the access code as it provides online student access. If you want to purchase this card you can purchase seperately, but it is quite expensive