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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.
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
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