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Solution manual for Historical Geology 7th Edition by Wicander

Solution manual for Historical Geology 7th Edition Reed Wicander, James S. Monroe ISBN: 9781111987299 

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CHAPTER 1

THE DYNAMIC AND EVOLVING EARTH

OUTLINE

INTRODUCTION

WHAT IS GEOLOGY?

HISTORICAL GEOLOGY AND THE FORMULATION OF THEORIES

ORIGIN OF THE UNIVERSE AND SOLAR SYSTEM, AND EARTH’S PLACE

IN THEM

Origin of the Universe—Did It Begin With a Big Bang?

Our Solar System—Its Origin and Evolution

Earth—Its Place in Our Solar System

¨Perspective The Terrestrial and Jovian Planets

WHY IS EARTH A DYNAMIC AND EVOLVING PLANET?

Plate Tectonic Theory

ORGANIC EVOLUTION AND THE HISTORY OF LIFE

GEOLOGIC TIME AND UNIFORMITARIANISM

HOW DOES THE STUDY OF HISTORICAL GEOLOGY BENEFIT US?

SUMMARY

CHAPTER OBJECTIVES

The following content objectives are presented in Chapter 1:

  • Earth is a complex, dynamic planet that has continually evolved since its origin some 4.6 billion years ago.
  • Earth can be viewed as an integrated system of interconnected components that interact and affect one another in various ways.
  • Theories are based on the scientific method and can be tested by observation and/or experiment.
  • The universe is thought to have originated approximately 14 billion years ago with a Big Bang, and the solar system and planets evolved from a turbulent, rotating cloud of material surrounding the embryonic Sun.
  • Earth consists of three concentric layers—core, mantle, and crust—and this orderly division resulted during Earth’s early history.
  • Plate tectonics is the unifying theory of geology, and it revolutionized the science.
  • The theory of organic evolution provides the conceptual framework for understanding the evolution of Earth’s fauna and flora.
  • Appreciation of geologic time and the principle of uniformitarianism are central to understanding the evolution of Earth and its biota.
  • Geology is an integral part of our lives.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

To exhibit mastery of this chapter, students should be able to demonstrate comprehension of the following:

  • the vastness of Earth history and deep time
  • the interactions of Earth systems
  • the differences between physical geology and historical geology
  • the scientific method and the basis of scientific theories
  • the Big Bang model of the origin of the universe
  • the evolution of the universe
  • the general characteristics of our solar system
  • the solar nebula theory for the formation of our solar system
  • the characteristics that make Earth a dynamic and evolving planet
  • the compositional and physical layers of Earth
  • the impact of the theory of plate tectonics on the study of the Earth
  • the basic concept of organic evolution, including the primary evidence and mechanisms
  • the principle of uniformitarianism, and the derivation and significance of the geologic time scale