3rd Edition

Reed Wicander, James S. Monroe

ISBN-13: 9780357117330
Copyright 2021 | Published
480 pages | List Price: USD $156.95

Wicander/Monroe's Geology: Earth in Perspective, 3rd edition, brings geology to life while accommodating your busy lifestyle--and at a value-based price. It provides a complete overview of introductory geology in a succinct, engaging format. Online videos, animations, interactive mapping, and other learning tools further your understanding of physical geology and its relevance to everyday life. The revised text incorporates the latest examples, case studies, and data, including natural disasters, renewable energy, new insight on paleoseismology, sustainability, and updated dating techniques that more accurately identify historic climate change periods. GEO-FOCUS boxes spotlight issues straight from the headlines, and economic and environmental geology topics are integrated throughout.


1. Understanding Earth: A Dynamic and Evolving Planet.
2. Plate Tectonics: A Unifying Theory.
3. Minerals: The Building Blocks of Rocks.
4. Igneous Rocks and Intrusive Igneous Activity.
5. Volcanoes and Volcanism.
6. Weathering, Soil, and Sedimentary Rocks.
7. Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks.
8. Earthquakes and Earth's Interior.
9. Deformation, Mountain Building, and the Continents.
10. Mass Wasting.
11. Running Water.
12. Groundwater.
13. Glaciers and Glaciation.
14. The Work of Wind and Deserts.
15. Shorelines and Shoreline Processes.
16. Geologic Time: Concepts and Principles.
17. Earth History.
18. Life History.

  • Reed Wicander

    Reed Wicander is Professor Emeritus of Geology at Central Michigan University, where he taught Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Prehistoric Life, and Invertebrate Paleontology. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Wicander earned his B.S. degree in geology from San Diego State University and his Ph.D. from UCLA. His main research focuses on various aspects of Paleozoic palynology, specifically the study of acritarchs, a group of organic-walled microphytoplankton, on which he has published many papers. In addition, he has co-authored numerous geology textbooks with James S. Monroe. He is a past president of the American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists – The Palynological Society and the Commission Internationale de la Microflore du Paléozoïque, as well as a former councilor of the International Federation of Palynological Societies.

  • James S. Monroe

    James S. Monroe is Professor Emeritus of Geology at Central Michigan University, where he taught Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Prehistoric Life, and Stratigraphy and Sedimentology, and served as chair of the Geology Department. Dr. Monroe earned his Ph.D. from the University of Montana. He has coauthored numerous geology textbooks with Reed Wicander and has interests in Cenozoic geology and geologic education. He now lives in Chico, California where he remains active in geology by teaching courses to large groups of retirees.

  • UPDATED ART & PHOTO PROGRAM: New photos and vivid process art and diagrams help students engage with content and grasp complex physical processes.

  • UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE: Chapter 1's "Global Geologic and Environmental Issues Facing Humankind" integrates the latest data. Chapter 2 includes recent examples of natural disasters. Chapter 4's "Types of Volcanoes" provides new information on the 2018 eruption of Mount Kilauea. Chapter 8's "Earthquake Prediction" contains new insight on paleoseismology. Chapter 15's "The Perils of Living Along a Shoreline" offers new details on Hurricanes Sandy and Harvey. Chapter 16's "Geologic Time and Climate Change" includes updated dating techniques to more accurately identify historic climate change periods.

  • NEW STRATIGRAPHY SECTION: Chapter 16: "Geologic Time: Concepts and Principles" includes a new section on "Stratigraphy and Stratigraphic Terminology."

  • REVISED LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Revamped and expanded throughout the book and tagged to chapter subsections, Learning Objectives help students focus on key concepts and maximize their study time.

  • Straight From the Headlines: GEO-FOCUS boxes in every chapter spotlight important topics for further exploration and discussion. Topics relate to climate change, fracking, environmental issues, energy resources, and much more.

  • Diving Deeper: Critical Thinking questions in every chapter ask students to apply what they have learned to open-ended questions that require deeper understanding of key concepts.

  • Expansive Study Tools: Ensuring students gain a thorough understanding of key concepts, each chapter ends with Key Concepts Review, Important Terms, Review Questions, and Creative Thinking Visual Questions.

  • Robust Teaching and Learning Tools: A full suite of unique online learning tools on MindTap—including video and animation quizzes, map quizzes, remedial quantitative exercises, and more—appeals to different learning styles and offers your students a variety of ways to study. In addition to MindTap, the text’s second-to-none supplements package includes Chapter Test Banks, an Instructor’s Manual, and Chapter PowerPoints.

  • Handy Definitions: Helping students quickly zero in on key concepts, all important terms are highlighted in boldface and then defined at the bottom of the page where they are first introduced.

  • Unique Chapters: Unlike many physical geology textbooks, this title devotes an entire chapter to "Earth History," covering the history of Earth from its formation 4.6 billion years ago to the present. A full chapter on "Life History" details the history of life on Earth from its first appearance to the present day.

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