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The brief, paperback version of the best-selling Foundations ofEarthScience 5/e is designed for introductory courses in earth science. This highly visual, non- technical survey emphasizes broad, up-to-date coverage of basic topics and principles in geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. The book's flexible design lends itself to the diversity of Earth science courses in both content and approach. As in previous editions, the main focus is to foster student understanding of basic earth science principles.
Table of Contents
|What Is Earth Science?|
|Earth's Spheres Hydrosphere Atmosphere Geosphere|
|Biosphere Earth as a System Scales of Space and Time in Earth|
|Science Resources and Environmental Issues Resources|
|The Nature of Scientific Inquiry|
|Hypothesis Theory Scientific Methods|
|Studying Earth Science|
|The Chapter in Review Key Terms|
|Questions for Review Online Study Guide Did You Know?|
|Minerals: Building Blocks of Rocks Minerals|
|The Building Blocks of Rocks Elements|
|Building Blocks of Minerals Atoms Protons, Neutrons, and Electrons Atomic Number|
|Why Atoms Bond ionic Bonds|
|Electrons Transferred Covalent Bonds|
|Electrons Shared Isotopes and Radioactive|
|Decay Properties of Minerals Optical Properties Luster|
|The Ability to Transmit Light Color Streak Crystal Shape or Habit Mineral|
|Strength Tenacity Hardness Cleavage Fracture Density and Specific Gravity Other Properties of Minerals|
|Mineral Groups Silicate Minerals|
|Important Nonsilicate Minerals|
|Mineral Resources Important Nonsilicate Minerals|
|Rocks: Materials of the Solid Earth Earth as a System|
|The Rock Cycle [geode]|
|The Basic Cycle Alternative path Igneous Rocks|
|"Formed by Fire" [geode]|
|Magma Crystallizes to Form igneous Rocks Igneous Textures Igneous Compositions Classifying Igneous Rocks Granitic (Felsic)|
|Roocks Basaltic (Mafic)|
|Rocks Andesitic (Intermediate)|
|Rocks How Different Igneous|
|Rocks Form Bowen's Reaction|
|Series Magmatic Differentiation Weathering of Rocks to Form Sediment [geode]|
|Mechanical Weathering of Rocks|
|Frost Wedging Uploading Biological Activity|
|Chemical Weathering of Rocks Sedimentary Rocks|
|Compacted and Cemented Sediment [geode]|
|Classifying Sedimentary Rocks|
|Detrital Sedimentary Rocks|
|Chemical Sedimentary rocks|
|Lithification of Sediment Features of Sedimentary Rocks|
|Metamorphic Rocks: New Rock from Old [geode]|
|Agents of Metamorphism Heat as a Metamorphic Agent Pressure (Stress) as a Metamorphic Agent Chemically|
|Active Fluids Metamorphic Textures|
|Common Metamorphic Rocs|
|The Chapter in Review Key Terms|
|Questions for Review Online Study Guide|
|Sculpturing Earth's Surface|
|Landscapes Fashioned by Water Earth's External Processes Mass Wasting|
|The Work of Gravity Mass|
|Wasting and Landform Development Controls and Triggers of Mass Wasting|
|The Role of Water Oversteepened Slopes Removal of Vegetation Earthquakes as Triggers|
|The Water Cycle Running Water|
|Drainage Basins River Systems|
|Streamflow Gradient and Channel Characteristics|
|Discharge Changes from Upstream to Downstream|
|The Work of Running Water Erosion Transport|
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