EARTH: AN INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL GEOLOGY

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Geology

Key Concepts


Earth from space (Courtesy of NASA)The following are key concepts that you should be familiar with after reading and studying Chapter 1: An Introduction to Geology. To evaluate your understanding of any of the key concepts, select the corresponding Concept Quiz from the Selection Bar and answer the questions provided.


  1. What is geology?

  2. History of geology: Catastrophism v. uniformitarianism, and understanding geological time.

  3. The scientific method and geology.

  4. The Earth system and “Earth-system science.”

  5. Development and evolution of the solar system and the Earth.

  6. The face and interior of the Earth.

  7. Basics of rocks and “the rock cycle.”



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