For many students with no science background, environmental geology may be one of the only science courses they ever take. Living With Earth: An Introduction to Environmental Geology is ideal for those students, fostering a better understanding of how they interact with Earth and how their actions can affect Earth's environmental health. The informal, reader-friendly presentation is organized around a few unifying perspectives: how the various Earth systems interact with one another; how Earth affects people (creating hazards but also providing essential resources); and how people affect Earth. Greater emphasis is placed on environment and sustainability than on geology, unlike other texts on the subject. Essential scientific foundations are presented - but the ultimate goal is to connect students proactively to their role as stakeholders in Earth's future.

chapter 1|20 pages

What Does “Living with Earth” Mean?

chapter 2|32 pages

Earth Systems

chapter 3|28 pages

The Dynamic Geosphere and Plate Tectonics

chapter 4|32 pages

Geosphere Materials

chapter 5|38 pages


chapter 6|38 pages


chapter 7|34 pages

Rivers and Flooding

chapter 8|34 pages

Unstable Land

chapter 9|40 pages

Changing Coasts

chapter 10|30 pages

Water Resources

chapter 11|28 pages

Soil Resources

chapter 12|30 pages


ByMineral Resources

chapter 13|42 pages


ByEnergy Resources

chapter 14|40 pages


ByAtmosphere Resources, Climate Change

chapter 15|26 pages


ByManaging People’s Environmental Impact