Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Environmental Geology, tenth edition, presents the student with a broad overview of environmental geology. The text looks both at how the earth developed into its present condition and where matters seem to be moving for the future. It is hoped that this knowledge will provide the student with a useful foundation for discussing and evaluating specific environmental issues, as well as for developing ideas about how the problems should be solved. Read more Read less.
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Environmental Geology Carla W. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or distributed in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written consent of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. Some ancillaries, including electronic and print components, may not be available to customers outside the United States.
This book is printed on acid-free paper. Kane Designer: Michelle D. All credits appearing on page or at the end of the book are considered to be an extension of the copyright page. Includes bibliographical references and index. Geology is the study of the earth. Because the earth pro- vides the basic physical environment in which we live, all of geology might in one sense be regarded as environmental geol- ogy.
However, the term environmental geology is usually re- stricted to refer particularly to geology as it relates directly to human activities, and that is the focus of this book.
Environ- mental geology is geology applied to living. We will examine how geologic processes and hazards infl uence human activities and sometimes the reverse , the geologic aspects of pollution and waste-disposal problems, and several other topics.
Why Study Environmental Geology? One reason for studying environmental geology might simply be curiosity about the way the earth works, about the how and why of natural phenomena. Another reason is that we are in- creasingly faced with environmental problems to be solved and decisions to be made, and in many cases, an understanding of one or more geologic processes is essential to fi nding an ap- propriate solution.
Of course, many environmental problems cannot be fully assessed and solved using geologic data alone. The problems vary widely in size and in complexity. In a specifi c instance, data from other branches of science such as biology, chemistry, or ecology , as well as economics, politics, social priorities, and so on may have to be taken into account.
About the Book An introductory text cannot explore all aspects of environmen- tal concerns. Here, the emphasis is on the physical constraints imposed on human activities by the geologic processes that have shaped and are still shaping our natural environment.
In a real sense, these are the most basic, inescapable constraints; we Preface cannot, for instance, use a resource that is not there, or build a secure home or a safe dam on land that is fundamentally un- stable. Geology, then, is a logical place to start in developing an understanding of many environmental issues. The principal aim of this book is to present the reader with a broad overview of environmental geology.
Because geology does not exist in a vacuum, however, the text introduces related considerations from outside geology to clarify other ramifi cations of the sub- jects discussed. Likewise, the present does not exist in isolation from the past and future; occasionally, the text looks both at how the earth developed into its present condition and where matters seem to be moving for the future.
It is hoped that this knowledge will provide the reader with a useful foundation for discussing and evaluating specifi c environmental issues, as well as for developing ideas about how the problems should be solved. Features Designed for the Student This text is intended for an introductory-level college course. It does not assume any prior exposure to geology or college-level mathematics or science courses. The metric system is used throughout, except where other units are conventional within a discipline.
Each chapter opens with an introduction that sets the stage for the material to follow. The Glossary includes both these boldface terms and the additional, italicized terms that many chapters contain. Most chapters include actual case histories and specifi c real-world examples. Every chapter con- cludes with review questions and exercises, which allow stu- dents to test their comprehension and.
Environmental Geology Carla Montgomery
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