Book:This Dynamic Earth

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Title:This Dynamic Earth
Author:W. Jacquelyne Kious and Robert I. Tilling
Subjects:Earth Science
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License:Public Domain
Description:The USGS is an amazing organization doing great work. Their website, often overlooked by professors, is one of the best resources around for students studying earth sciences. The USGS publishes a book, most recently updated in 2001, that introduces students to plate tectonics, probably the most important concept in an introductory geology course. The book was written to complement This Dynamic Planet. At 77 pages, it doesn’t mince words, but it does a great job of covering the basics of the theory. The book is top-quality, with a layout and illustrations indistinguishable from more expensive commercial editions. The PDF is free, and there is an HTML version for online viewing as well. Highly Recommended!

More on This Dynamic Planet (companion map):

This map shows the Earth’s physiographic features, the current movements of its major tectonic plates, and the locations of its volcanoes, earthquakes, and impact craters. The use of color and shaded relief helps the reader to identify significant features of the land surface and the ocean floor. Over 1,500 volcanoes active during the past 10,000 years are plotted on the map in four age categories. The locations (epicenters) of over 24,000 earthquakes, largely from 1960 through 1990, are plotted in three magnitude categories and in two depth ranges.

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URL:http://pubs.usgs.gov/publications/text/dynamic.html
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