By the end of this chapter you should be able to
- Describe the physical structure of the Earth
- Apply an analogy to the age of the Earth and major events in the development of the biosphere
- Discuss the mechanism that drives plate tectonics
- Review the rock cycle in terms of the processes that form the three major rock types
Thumbnail: Half Dome in Yosemite is a classic granite (a common intrusive igneous rock) dome and popular rock climbing destination (Public Domain; Jon Sullivan).