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This invaluable introductory textbook shows how new, exciting developments in space exploration and global tectonics are impacting the solid earth sciences. Chronicling the origin and evolution of the Earth, Ernst details-• the fundamental principles of the Earth's construction • the nature of minerals and rocks • plate tectonic processes • the Earth's place in the solar system • its internal structure and its crust. A comprehensive 30-page glossary along with 125 line drawings and photosdoi:10.1017/s0016756800017994 fatcat:kgdeiayjcvd7dbg5xykrr7bxvy