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This brief, paperback version of the best-selling Earth Scienceby Lutgens and Tarbuck is designed for introductory courses in Earth science. The text's highly visual, non-technical survey emphasizes broad, up-to-date coverage of basic topics and principles in geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. A 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. 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.
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
ntroduction to Earth Science
Unit I EARTH MATERIALS Chapter 1: Minerals: Building Blocks of Rocks Chapter 2: Rocks: Materials of the Solid Earth
Unit II SCULPTURING EARTH’S SURFACE Chapter 3: Landscapes Fashioned by Water Chapter 4: Glacial and Arid Landscapes
Unit III FORCES WITHIN Chapter 5: Plate Tectonics: A Scientific Theory Unfolds Chapter 6: Restless Earth: Earthquakes, Geologic Structures, and Mountain Building Chapter 7: Fires Within: Igneous Activity
Unit IV DECIPHERING EARTH’S HISTORY Chapter 8: Geologic Time
Unit V THE GLOBAL OCEAN Chapter 9: Oceans: The Last Frontier Chapter 10: The Restless Ocean
Unit VI EARTH’S DYNAMIC ATMOSPHERE Chapter 11: Heating the Atmosphere Chapter 12: Moisture, Clouds, and Precipitation Chapter 13: The Atmosphere in Motion Chapter 14: Weather Patterns and Severe Weather
Unit VII EARTH’S PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE Chapter 15: The Nature of the Solar System Chapter 16: Beyond the Solar System