Environmental Geology

by Edward A. Keller

Published: January 2010
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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ISBN: 9780321714374


Synopsis of Environmental Geology

Having originally defined the Environmental Geology course, this is considered the most comprehensive yet readable book for your course level. Keller continues to offer the most detailed, current research available. He covers a wide range of topics, discussing everything from fundamental geologic principles to the specifics of environmental law and geologic hazards, from a truly environmental perspective. The Ninth Edition emphasizes the engineering geology approach, especially in the discussion of soil and rock mechanics and landslides.


An introduction to the study of applied geology, designed for students with no previous geology courses. Sections on fundamental concepts, hazardous earth processes, human interaction with the environment, minerals and energy, and land use and decision making contain color photos and diagrams, chapter objectives, key terms, and study questions. This seventh edition contains new material on water management and water pollution, air pollution, and earth system science and global change. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author, Edward A. Keller

EDWARD A. KELLER is professor of environmental geology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he holds a joint appointment with the Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Geological Sciences. Professor Keller's research focuses on natural hazards, including wildfire, flooding, and earthquakes. He is also evaluating the environmental impacts of ecotourism. Professor Keller received his doctorate from Purdue University in 1973; as a graduate student, he wrote the first five chapters of the first edition of Environmental Geology. Professor Keller enjoys teaching and research, and hopes his textbooks help students to appreciate geology and to assist them in becoming better and more informed citizens in our complex world.

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