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7: Earth Materials - The Lithosphere - Geosciences

Learning ObjectivesBy the end of this chapter you should be able toDescribe the physical structure of the EarthApply an analogy to the age of the Earth and major events in the development of the biosphereDiscuss the mechanism that drives plate tectonicsReview the rock cycle in terms of the processes that form the three major rock typesThumbnail: Half Dome in Yosemite is a classic granite (a common intrusive igneous rock) dome and popular rock climbing destination (Public Domain; Jon Sullivan).
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