Essentials of Geology (11th Edition) by Frederick K. Lutgens, Edward J. Tarbuck, Dennis G. Tasa

By Frederick K. Lutgens, Edward J. Tarbuck, Dennis G. Tasa

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Concerning the ever changing nature of Earth through great expanses of geologic time, James Hutton made a statement that was to become his most famous. 6 The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in northern Arizona. The rocks exposed here represent hundreds of millions of years of Earth history. It also took millions of years for weathering and erosion to create the canyon. Geologic processes often act so slowly that changes may not be visible during an entire human lifetime. The relative ages of the rock layers in the canyon can be determined by applying the law of superposition.

Chapter 18 is devoted to a much more complete discussion of geologic time, and Chapter 19 presents an overview of Earth history. Geologic Time A. 7 B. 7 Fossils are important tools for the geologist. In addition to being very important in relative dating, fossils can be useful environmental indicators. A. 8). (Photo by Michael Collier). B. A fossil fish of Eocene age from the Green River Formation in Wyoming. 6 billion years? 6 billion! 6 Triassic 251 Permian 2500 Carboniferous 299 Pennsylvanian 318 Mississippian Paleozoic 359 Archean Precambrian During the 19th century, long before the discovery of radioactivity, which eventually allowed for the establishment of reliable numerical dates, a geologic time scale was developed using principles of relative dating.

6 1 List and briefly describe Earth’s four spheres. Earth as a System Anyone who studies Earth soon learns that our planet is a dynamic body with many separate but interacting parts or spheres. The hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and geosphere and all of their components can be studied separately. However, the parts are not isolated. Each is related in some way to the others to produce a complex and continuously interacting whole that we call the Earth system. Earth System Science A simple example of the interactions among different parts of the Earth system occurs every winter as moisture evaporates from the Pacific Ocean and subsequently falls as rain in the hills of southern California, triggering destructive landslides.

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