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Environmental Geology (Earle)

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    Environmental Geology is a comprehensive and up-to-date textbook that is designed for use in college-level courses on the environmental aspects of Earth Science. It has a focus on Earth systems, climate change and glaciation, on natural hazard processes such as earthquakes, volcanoes, slope failures, and flooding, and on Earth resources such as water, energy, and metals. The book is richly illustrated and features embedded exercises, some of which are interactive, to help students engage with the content as they are reading.

    Thumbnail: The image shows the late Pleistocene (~25,000 year old) Quadra Sand Formation at Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver, BC. These sediments were deposited by rivers flowing from a large glacier as it advanced south through what is now the Salish Sea. The upper layer is dominated by quartz-rich sand, while the lower layer is sand with silt and clay. There is a significant permeability difference between the two layers, and they also have quite different strengths. This escarpment is being actively undercut by waves at the base, and that, along with runoff from above, is contributing to periodic failure of the sand-rich layer. (Photo by Lisa Reid, used with permission)

    This page titled Environmental Geology (Earle) is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Steven Earle (BCCampus) via source content that was edited to the style and standards of the LibreTexts platform; a detailed edit history is available upon request.