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Geology and the Environment, 7th Edition

  • Bernard W. Pipkin
  • Dee D. Trent
  • Richard Hazlett
  • Paul Bierman
  • ISBN-10: 113360398X
  • ISBN-13: 9781133603986
  • 656 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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Cengage Learning's GEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT in partnership with the National Geographic Society brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools along with market leading text content for introductory geology courses. Adopt the resources that enable your students to purchase the right solution to meet their needs, whether it's a traditional printed text, all digital learning platform, or package that includes the best of both worlds. With the recently updated GEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT and CourseMate's interactive teaching and learning tools, it's never been easier to help students explore the relationship between humans and the geologic hazards, processes, and resources that surround us.


  • Case Studies dealing with issues of climate change and global warming are implemented in 9 of the 15 Chapters in the text.

  • Chapter 11, Glaciation and Long Term Climate Change has been updated to include the latest data and information. Loss of Glacier ice as an indicator and cause of other Global Warming issues is also discussed more prominently.

  • Pedagogical Features Encourage Student Involvement and Critical Thinking about Geology and the Environment.

  • Motivating Questions on Chapter Openers: Questions entitled "Have You Ever Wondered?" appear on newly designed chapter openers. Five questions introduce and motivate students to explore the chapter.

  • Questions to Ponder: Critical Thinking style questions called Questions to Ponder are included on Chapter Opener Introductions and on selected Case Studies. Questions to Ponder help students develop critical thinking skills and apply scientific method while analyzing topics of social and environmental importance.

  • CONSIDER THIS interaction questions in each chapter appear within the narrative, encouraging student to hone their critical-thinking skills.

  • Praised by students and instructors for their conceptual emphasis, Pipkin/Trent/Hazlett's end-of-chapter SUMMARIES are organized around the chapter outline to provide a concise review.

  • Unique PHOTO GALLERIES located before the end-of-chapter material engage students by reinforcing the applicable concept(s) while illustrating how the beauty of nature is formed through geologic processes.

  • GEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT incorporates multiple aspects of environmental geology such as environmental law, land-use planning, engineering geology, and medical geology, into discussion of each geological phenomenon.

About the Author

Bernard W. Pipkin

Dr. Bernard W. Pipkin is Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern California. He received his doctorate from the University of Arizona and is a licensed geologist and certified engineering geologist in the state of California. After graduation he worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a variety of military and civil projects, from large dams to pioneer roads in rough terrain for microwave sites. He has been a consulting engineering geologist as well as a university teacher since 1965. Dr. Pipkin is past president of the National Association of Geology Teachers and is a Fellow in the Geological Society of America. He hosted the PBS 30-part program Oceanus that won a local Emmy for Best Educational Television Series. In 1995 he shared the Clare Holdredge Award with Richard Proctor from the Association of Engineering Geologists for their book ENGINEERING GEOLOGY PRACTICE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. He currently lectures on geology on cruise ships and at last count, he and his wife Faye have been involved in 26 cruises throughout the world. Dr. Pipkin is a private pilot with a flight instructor's rating; he took many of the aerial photos in the book. They have three grown children and five grandchildren and live south of Los Angeles on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Dee D. Trent

Dr. D.D. "Dee" Trent has been working at, or teaching, geology since 1955. After graduating from college he worked in the petroleum industry where his geologic skills were sharpened with projects in Utah, Arizona, California, and Alaska. When the company decided to send him to Libya he decided it was time to become a college geology teacher. He has taught for 28 years at Citrus Community College in Glendora, California, and along the way has worked for the National Park Service, done field research on glaciers in Alaska and California, visited numerous mines in the United States and Germany, picked up a Ph. D. from the University of Arizona, appeared in several episodes of the PBS telecourse, The Earth Revealed, and served as an adjunct faulty member at the University of Southern California, where he taught field geology. He and his wife raised two children in Claremont, California and when not involved with geology he's either skiing or playing banjo in a dixieland band.

Richard Hazlett

Richard W. Hazlett is the winner of 1996 and 2001 Wig Awards for teaching excellence at Pomona College. He is the first Stephen M. Pauley Chair in Environmental Analysis at the college, receiving this appointment in 2001. His main research interests involve volcanic stratigraphy, igneous petrology and resources, but most recently has been exploring land use issues focusing on the American West. Dr. Hazlett styles himself as transitioning from hard-core geology to environmental studies with a land use/natural resource emphasis. He is a co-author with Bernard Pipkin and Dee D. Trent on GEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT and the script author of the EARTH REVEALED telecourse series.

Paul Bierman

Paul Bierman is a Professor of Geology and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Now in his 14th year at UVM, Paul's areas of expertise include understanding how humans and landscapes interact using the fields of hydrology, chemistry, and geomorphology. He is particularly interested in the impact of humans on the built and natural landscape as well as science education at all levels. Paul teaches a variety of courses including Earth Hazards, Geohydrology, and Geomorphology. He has a BA degree from Williams College and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Research interests include the rate of bedrock weathering involves field work in such locations as central Australia and the Canadian arctic. Bierman directs UVM's Cosmogenic Nuclide Extraction Lab — one of only a handful of laboratories in the country dedicated to the preparation of samples for analysis of 10-Be and 26-Al from pure quartz. He manages the Landscape Change Program, an NSF-supported digital archive of historic Vermont Landscape images used for teaching and research, available at Paul's research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Geographic Society, and the U.S. Army. In 1996, Paul was awarded the Donath medal as the outstanding young scientist of the year by the Geological Society of America; he has since received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation specifically for integrating scientific education and research. In 2005, Paul was awarded the NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholar award in recognition of his on-going attempts to integrate these two strands of his academic life. Together, Paul, his graduate and undergraduate students, and collaborators have 50 publications in refereed journals and books.

Table of Contents

1. Humans, Geology, and the Environment.
2. The Earth System and Climate Change.
3. The Solid Earth.
4. Earthquakes and Human Activities.
5. Volcanoes.
6.Weathering, Soils, and Erosion.
7. Mass Wasting and Subsidence.
8. Freshwater Resources.
9. Hydrologic Hazards at the Earth's Surface.
10. Coastal Environments and Humans.
11. Glaciation and Long-Term Climate Change.
12. Arid Lands, Winds, and Desertification.
13. Mineral Resources and Society.
14. Energy and the Environment.
15. Waste Management and Geology

New to this edition

  • Over 200 exciting new visual learning opportunities. The photo and art program has been extensively updated to facilitate student understanding and appreciation of the powerful impacts of geological phenomena. Over 200 new and impactful photos and maps, available exclusively from the National Geographic Society, help students develop an appreciation for the immense power and beauty of geologic phenomena. A newly formatted Photo Gallery section at the end of each chapter helps summarize chapter content.
  • Two new features help students appreciate the excitement of scientific inquiry and the possibilities for making a difference in environmental geology. Many chapters feature vignettes describing the research, conservation, and urban planning efforts of National Geographic Explorers who are making significant contributions to important topics in environmental geology. In addition, a section at the beginning of each chapter called CourseMate Connection offers students active learning opportunities such as listening to podcasts or watching videos related to chapter content, encouraging students to get actively engaged in the topic of the chapter.
  • Updated Coverage of Global Warming and Climate Change. The new edition continues to emphasize Global Warming and Climate Change. Chapter 2, The Earth System and Climate Change gives students the background needed to think critically about Climate Change and then relate it to other topics introduced throughout the text. Nine Case Studies in the text deal with Global Warming and Climate Change topics. Chapter 11, Glaciation and Long-Term Climate Change provides a thoroughly updated and in-depth analysis of current climate change research.


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