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Physical Geology

(15 reviews)

Steven Earle, Vancouver Island University

Pub Date: 2015

Publisher: BCcampus

Language: English

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Reviewed by Jeffrey Templeton, Professor of Geology, Western Oregon University on 4/12/19

The topics covered in “Physical Geology” by Steven Earle are broad and wide ranging. In looking at the Table of Contents, the book includes 22 chapters that cover all of the topics one would expect in a comprehensive physical geology textbook. ... read more


Reviewed by Deron Carter, Physical Sciences Faculty, Linn-Benton Community College on 3/5/19

This textbook covers almost all content found in a traditional physical geology textbook. I actually believe this text is more comprehensive than most introductory texts as it has stand alone chapters on Earth's interior, Geology of the Oceans,... read more


Reviewed by Haraldur Karlsson, Associate Professor, Texas Tech University on 3/27/18

This book covers most of the fundamental topics that you would expect to find in a regular introductory geology course. The book in its layout is very similar to commercial text that I have used in my classes throughout the years. The index and... read more


Reviewed by Jennifer Sliko, Assistant Teaching Professor, Penn State Harrisburg on 2/1/18

The textbook covers all of the standard Earth science topics in a complete manner. There are even some additional topics such as weather and soil that don't always make it into a standard Earth Science textbook. There are also a lot of... read more


Reviewed by Keith Milam, Associate Professor, Ohio University on 2/1/18

This textbook is very comprehensive, casting a wide net and providing a broad introduction to geology. read more


Reviewed by Angela Bee, Adjunct Faculty, George Mason University on 6/20/17

It is an expansive introductory physical geology text and has a quite a thorough glossary and appendices which include answers to exercises within the chapters and review questions at the end of each chapter. There are only two areas I feel that... read more


Reviewed by Raymond Beiersdorfer, Professor of Geology, Youngstown State University on 6/20/17

The text covers the areas traditionally covered in an Introductory Physical Geology textbook in sufficient detail. The chapter topics and chapter order is conventional. read more


Reviewed by Luca Fedele, Sr. Research Associate, Virginia Tech - Geosciences on 6/20/17

This textbook covers all the material required for an introductory course in Physical Geology, to a reasonably detailed extent. At times the chapters might seem a little too schematic, lacking some at depth discussion of the topics, and might feel... read more


Reviewed by Bruce Sherman, Instructor, Southeastern Louisiana University on 6/20/17

The text goes into enough detail on all the major Geologic subjects that it would be useful for an overview course. The book's Canada flavor is interesting, however as a U.S. educator, I would be supplementing with more U.S. examples. read more


Reviewed by Noah Fay, Instructor, Pima Community College on 2/8/17

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 2/8/17

The book covers all of the topics typically covered in a short introductory physical geology textbook. Some topics are covered more thoroughly than others. For example, plate tectonics is covered in some depth, and includes a section (10.2 -... read more


Reviewed by Shannon Othus-Gault, Geology and General Science Instructor, Chemeketa Community College on 2/8/17

The text is extremely comprehensive in terms of its breadth of general geology topics that would be covered in an introductory geologic textbook. I assume, since the book is designed to address the geology of British Columbia, it covers the main... read more


Reviewed by Gerald Jay Lennartson, Senior Lecturer, University of North Carolina at Greensboro on 12/5/16

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 12/5/16

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 Science course that touches on the same topics I use in my class that is obviously affordable to my... read more


Reviewed by Jerry Magloughlin, Associate Professor, Colorado State University on 12/5/16

The book covers everything one would normally look for in an Introductory Physical Geology (IPG) text, including "ocean geology" and Earth/Solar System (chapter 22...which in the index has the odd property of having the same guest author mentioned... read more


Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 Introduction to Geology
  • Chapter 2 Minerals
  • Chapter 3 Intrusive Igneous Rocks
  • Chapter 4 Volcanism
  • Chapter 5 Weathering and Soil
  • Chapter 6 Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks
  • Chapter 7 Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks
  • Chapter 8 Measuring Geological Time
  • Chapter 9 Earth's Interior
  • Chapter 10 Plate Tectonics
  • Chapter 11 Earthquakes
  • Chapter 12 Geological structures
  • Chapter 13 Streams and Floods
  • Chapter 14 Groundwater
  • Chapter 15 Mass Wasting
  • Chapter 16 Glaciation
  • Chapter 17 Shorelines
  • Chapter 18 Geology of the Oceans
  • Chapter 19 Climate Change
  • Chapter 20 Geological Resources
  • Chapter 21 Geological History of Western Canada
  • Chapter 22 The Origin of Earth and the Solar System

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.