Earth An Introduction to Physical Geology

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  • Edition: 12th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/7/2016
  • Publisher: Pearson

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For all introductory physical geology courses.


Learning Objective-driven textbook, using augmented reality to bring geology to life

With its strong readability and engaging, instructive illustrations, this trusted bestseller returns with a hybrid and streamlined focus on core principles. Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology maintains a learning objective-driven approach throughout each chapter: The text provides readers with a structured learning path, tied to learning objectives with opportunities for readers to demonstrate their understanding at the end of each section. The authors’ emphasis on currency and relevance includes the latest thinking in the field, particularly in the dynamic area of plate tectonics.


The Twelfth Edition, Pearson Science’s first augmented reality, hybrid textbook, uses the BouncePages image recognition app (FREE on both iOS and Android stores) to connect readers' digital devices to the print textbook, enhancing their reading and learning experience. Tarbuck/Lutgens’s innovative SmartFigures feature has been expanded, adding new digital content via Project Condor, Mobile Field Trips by Michael Collier, Animated Figures, and additional tutorial videos from Callan Bentley.


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Author Biography

Fred Lutgens and Ed Tarbuck have been good friends and colleagues since 1970. Between them, they have more than 57 years of experience teaching geology to undergraduates, and both have been recognized with awards as excellent and inspiring professors. They share a special interest in introducing geology to beginning students and a belief in the value of field experiences for students of all levels.


Lutgens and Tarbuck published their first college text, Earth Science, in 1976. That book, winner of the McGuffy Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association, is now in its fourteenth edition. In 1983, as the first edition of Earth was being prepared, gifted geology illustrator Dennis Tasa joined the author team. Since then the three have collaborated on more than twenty projects. Not only do Tarbuck, Lutgens, and Tasa work well together creatively; they also enjoy spending time in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Tasa’s New Mexico studio.


Tarbuck enjoys downhill skiing in Colorado, fly fishing near his childhood home in Northern Minnesota, and spending time in the Cascades. Lutgens is an avid runner, and when he can make the time, truly enjoys hiking the canyons of the Colorado Plateau. Although Lutgens and Tarbuck think alike on many issues, they don’t agree on everything. Lutgens is devoted to jazz and classical music, whereas Tarbuck prefers pop artists or a good country station.


Table of Contents

1.     An Introduction to Geology 

2.     Plate Tectonics: A Scientific Revolution Unfolds 

3.     Matter and Minerals 

4.     Magma, Igneous Rocks, and Intrusive Activity 

5.     Volcanoes and Volcanic Hazards 

6.     Weathering and Soil 

7.     Sedimentary Rocks 

8.     Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks

9.     Geologic Time 

10.  Crustal Deformation 

11.  Earthquakes and Earthquake Hazards 

12.  Earth’s Interior 

13.  Divergent Boundaries: Origin and Evolution of the Ocean Floor 

14.  Convergent Boundaries: Origin of Mountains 

15.  Mass Wasting: The Work of Gravity 

16.  Running Water 

17.  Groundwater 

18.  Glaciers and Glaciation 

19.  Deserts and Winds 

20.  Shorelines 

21.  Global Climate Change 

22.  Earth’s Evolution Through Geologic Time

23.  Energy and Mineral Resources 

24.  Touring Our Solar System 


Appendix A: Metric and English Units Compared 


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