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With the renowned readability of the Lutgens/Tarbuck/Tasa team, the Eleventh Edition ofEssentials of Geologycontinues to enhance both the approach and the visual presentation that has made this text a best-seller. This revision incorporates a new active learning approach throughout each chapter which offers the students a structured learning path and provides a reliable, consistent framework for mastering the chapter concepts. It also includes new additions to the visual program and current issues, such as climate change, are thoroughly updated.
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. An Introduction to Geology 2. Matter and Minerals 3. Igneous Rocks and Intrusive Activity 4. Volcanoes and Volcanic Hazards 5. Weathering and Soils 6. Sedimentary Rocks 7. Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks 8. Mass Wasting: The Work of Gravity 9. Running Water 10. Groundwater 11. Glaciers and Glaciation 12. Deserts and Wind 13. Shorelines 14. Earthquakes and Earth’s Interior 15. Plate Tectonics: A Scientific Theory Unfolds 16. Origin and Evolution of the Ocean Floor 17. Crustal Deformation and Mountain Building 18. Geologic Time 19. Earth’s Evolution through Geologic Time 20. Global Climate Change Appendix A Metric and English Units Compared Appendix B Topographic Maps Appendix C Landforms of the Conterminous United States Glossary Index