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With the renowned readability of the Lutgens/Tarbuck/Tasa team, the Eleventh Edition
of Essentials of Geology
continues to enhance both the approach and the visual presentation that have made this text a best-seller. This revision incorporates a new active learning approach throughout each chapter, which offers 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. This edition is supported by MasteringGeology™ — used by over 1.5 million science students, the Mastering platform is the most effective and widely used online tutorial, homework, and assessment system for the sciences.
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
11. Glaciers and Glaciation
12. Deserts and Wind
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