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Earth: Portrait of a Planet Paperback – 23 Dec 2011

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  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Fourth International Student Edition edition (23 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393118266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393118261
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 3 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.


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By G. Wylie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Oct. 2014
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I first became fascinated with Plate Tectonics in the late 1970's when studying with the Open University. In the course of completing my degree, I went on to study Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry and Environment. I really enjoyed the Earth Sciences, but found a lot of the theory and thought experiments difficult to grasp at first. Had this book been available to me at that time, it would have proved quite indispensable. It covers such a wide range of Earth Sciences in a manner that is easily readable while the quality, and quantity, of the illustrations are something to die for. They greatly add to the overall clarity of the written material making it easier to grasp. While it is primarily intended as a text book for people studying Earth Sciences at higher levels, the work is so readable that the serious general reader wanting to find out more about the workings of our Planet will find it engrossing. Highly recommend.
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Wonderful book, one I cannot praise highly enough. If you are looking for some grounding in this subject, this would be a very worthwhile investment. Although it is expensive, it is worth every penny.
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By h on 18 Mar. 2013
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This is by far the best geology textbook I've used. It contains plenty of information and great diagrams! It is a must buy for anybody wanting to study geology at degree level.
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The layout of the book makes it easier to learn about the key concepts of geology and builds it up gradually so you aren't overwhelmed with information.
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Many interesting and teaching aspects of how our wonder Planet Earth functions. Well written in a language readable to non-experts
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