Physical Geology

(6 reviews)


Steven Earle, Vancouver Island University

Pub Date: 2015

ISBN 13:

Publisher: BCcampus

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Reviewed by Gerald Jay Lennartson, Senior Lecturer, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, on 12/6/2016.

The text is comprehensive and does cover all topic areas typically covered in a physical geology course. Further, the text includes a glossary.… read more



Reviewed by Michael Swaim, Instructor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, on 12/6/2016.

This book is comparable in scope to the priced books I have and am currently using. I was very pleased to find a book I could use for my Earth … read more



Reviewed by Jerry Magloughlin, Associate Professor, Colorado State University, on 12/6/2016.

The book covers everything one would normally look for in an Introductory Physical Geology (IPG) text, including "ocean geology" and Earth/Solar … read more



Reviewed by Noah Fay, Instructor, Pima Community College, on 2/9/2017.

This text is comprehensive - it thoroughly covers all the topics of a typical introductory geology class, and the index and glossary are useful. … read more



Reviewed by Melinda Hutson, Adjunct Faculy, Portland State University, on 2/9/2017.

The book covers all of the topics typically covered in a short introductory physical geology textbook. Some topics are covered more thoroughly than … read more



Reviewed by Shannon Othus-Gault, Geology and General Science Instructor, Chemeketa Community College, on 2/9/2017.

The text is extremely comprehensive in terms of its breadth of general geology topics that would be covered in an introductory geologic textbook. I … read more


Table of Contents

o Preface
o Acknowledgments
o Chapter 1 Introduction to Geology
o Chapter 2 Minerals
o Chapter 3 Intrusive Igneous Rocks
o Chapter 4 Volcanism
o Chapter 5 Weathering and Soil
o Chapter 6 Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks
o Chapter 7 Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks
o Chapter 8 Measuring Geological Time
o Chapter 9 Earth’s Interior
o Chapter 10 Plate Tectonics
o Chapter 11 Earthquakes
o Chapter 12 Geological structures
o Chapter 13 Streams and Floods
o Chapter 14 Groundwater
o Chapter 15 Mass Wasting
o Chapter 16 Glaciation
o Chapter 17 Shorelines
o Chapter 18 Geology of the Oceans
o Chapter 19 Climate Change
o Chapter 20 Geological Resources
o Chapter 21 Geological History of Western Canada
o Chapter 22 The Origin of Earth and the Solar System
o Glossary
o About the Author
o Appendix 1 List of Geologically Important elements and the Periodic Table
o Appendix 2 Answers to Review Questions

About the Book

Physical Geology is a comprehensive introductory text on the physical aspects of geology, including rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciation, groundwater, streams, coasts, mass wasting, climate change, planetary geology and much more. It has a strong emphasis on examples from western Canada, especially British Columbia, and also includes a chapter devoted to the geological history of western Canada. The book is a collaboration of faculty from Earth Science departments at Universities and Colleges across British Columbia and elsewhere.

About the Contributors


Steve Earle PhD was born in the Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, and lived in Vancouver, London (UK) and Saskatoon before moving to Nanaimo in 1992. He has no plans to leave Vancouver Island. He has a BSc in geology from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD in geochemistry from Imperial College (University of London). He worked in the mineral exploration industry from 1978 to 1995, and he still does some mineral exploration consulting.