Provides readers with an introduction to geology with a focus on real-world applications. Case histories in nearly every chapter help emphasize the relationship between geology and engineering. Has a solid background in the basics of geology including mineralogy, igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, structural geology and plate tectonics, weathering and erosion, rivers, coastlines, and glaciers. New material covers geologic resources, geologic hazards, and environmental challenges in the current century. A new overview covers the implications of population growth, the use and depletion of energy and water resources, the employment opportunities for geologists, potential effects of climate change. A useful reference for anyone in the fields of civil engineering or environmental/earth science.