Ideal for undergraduates with little or no science background, Earth Science is a student-friendly overview of our physical environment that offers balanced, up-to-date coverage of geology, oceanography, astronomy, and meteorology. The authors focus on readability, with clear, example-driven explanations of concepts and events. The Thirteenth Edition incorporates a new active learning approach, a fully updated visual program, and is available for the first time with MasteringGeology-the most complete, easy-to-use, engaging tutorial and assessment tool available, and also entirely new to the Earth science course.
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 going into its tenth 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: Introduction to Earth Science
Unit 1 Earth Minerals 2: Matter and Minerals 3: Rocks: Materials of the Solid Earth
Unit 2 Sculpturing Earth’s Surface 4: Weathering, Soil, and Mass Wasting 5: Running Water and Ground Water 6: Glaciers, Deserts, and Wind
Unit 3 Forces Within 7: Plate Tectonics: A Scientific Revolution Unfolds 8: Earthquakes and Earth’s Interior 9: Volcanoes and Other Igneous Activity 10: Crustal Deformation and Mountain Building
Unit 4 Deciphering Earth’s History 11: Geologic Time 12: Earth’s Evolution Through Geologic Time
Unit 5 The Global Ocean 13: The Ocean Floor 14: Ocean Water and Ocean Life 15: The Dynamic Ocean
Unit 6 Earth’s Dynamic Atmosphere 16: The Atmosphere: Composition, Structure, and Temperature 17: Moisture, Clouds, and Precipitation 18: Air Pressure and Wind 19: Weather Patterns and Severe Storms 20: World Climates and Global Climate Change
Unit 7 Earth’s Place in the Universe 21: Origins of Modern Astronomy 22: Planetary Geology 23: Light, Astronomical Observations, and The Sun 24: Beyond Our Solar System