Physical Geology

Steven Earle

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.

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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.

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Cover image: Mount Robson, British Columbia (3954 m, highest peak in the Canadian Rockies), with the Berg Glacier (left), the Mist Glacier (right) and Berg Lake in the foreground. Mount Robson is almost entirely made up of Cambrian sedimentary rock (ca. 500 Ma) that was pushed eastward and thrust upward during the formation of the Rocky Mountains, mostly during the past 100 million years by Heather Earle is CC BY.