9780136020073

Earth Science

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  • ISBN13:

    9780136020073

  • ISBN10:

    0136020070

  • Edition: 12th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/1/2009
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Summary

For introductory courses in Earth Science in departments of Geology, Geography, Atmospheric Sciences, and Education. The twelfth edition ofEarth Scienceoffers a user-friendly overview of our physical environment with balanced, up-to-date coverage of geology, oceanography, astronomy, and meteorology for the undergraduate student with little background in science. The emphasis is on readability, with clear example-driven explanations. The twelfth edition takes full advantage of the subjectrs"s visual appeal, with discussions reinforced by incredible color photos and superb illustrations by Earth science illustrator and geologist Dennis Tasa.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Earth Science
Earth Materials
Minerals: Building Blocks of Rocks
Rocks: Materials of the Solid Earth
Sculpturing Earth's Surface
Weathering, Soil, and Mass Wasting
Running Water and Groundwater
Glaciers, Deserts, and Wind
Forces Within
Plate Tectonics: A Scientific Theory Unfolds
Earthquakes and Earth's Interior
Volcanoes and Other Igneous Activity
Mountain Building
Deciphering Earth's History
Geologic History
Earth's Evolution through Geologic Time
The Global Ocean
The Ocean Floor
Ocean Water and Ocean Life
The Dynamic Ocean
Earth's Dynamic Atmosphere
The Atmosphere: Composition, Structure, and Temperature
Moisture, Clouds, and Precipitation
Air Pressure and Wind
Weather Patterns and Severe Storms
World Climates and Global Climate Change
Earth's Place in the Universe
Origin of Modern Astronomy
Touring Our Solar System
Light, Astronomical Observations, and the Sun
Beyond Our Solar System
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