Applications and Investigations in Earth Science (7e) : 9780321689559

Applications and Investigations in Earth Science (7e)

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While it is designed to accompany Tarbuck and Lutgens' Earth Science and Foundations of Earth Science, this manual can be used for any Earth Science lab course, in conjunction with any text. The Seventh Edition minimizes the need for faculty instruction in the lab, freeing instructors to interact directly with students.

This versatile and adaptable collection of introductory-level laboratory experiences goes beyond traditional offerings to examine the basic principles and concepts of the Earth sciences. Widely praised for its concise coverage and dynamic illustrations by Dennis Tasa, the text contains twenty-three step-by-step exercises that reinforce major topics in geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy.
Table of contents
Part 1 Geology
Exercise 1: The Study of Minerals
Exercise 2: Rocks and the Rock Cycle
Exercise 3: Aerial Photographs, Satellite Images, and Topographic Maps
Exercise 4: Shaping Earth’s Surface–Running Water and Groundwater
Exercise 5: Shaping Earth’s Surface–Arid and Glacial Landscapes
Exercise 6: Geologic Time
Exercise 7: Geologic Maps and Structures
Exercise 8: Earthquakes and Earth’s Interior

Part 2 Oceanography
Exercise 9: Introduction to Oceanography
Exercise 10: The Dynamic Ocean Floor
Exercise 11: Waves, Currents, and Tides

Part 3 Meteorology
Exercise 12: Earth–Sun Relationships
Exercise 13: Heating the Atmosphere
Exercise 14: Atmospheric Moisture, Pressure, and Wind
Exercise 15: Air Masses, the Middle-Latitude Cyclone, and Weather Maps
Exercise 16: Global Climates

Part 4 Astronomy
Exercise 17: Astronomical Observations
Exercise 18: Patterns in the Solar System
Exercise 19: Locating the Planets
Exercise 20: Examining the Terrestrial Planets
Exercise 21: The Moon and the Sun

Part 5 Earth Science Skills
Exercise 22: Location and Distance on Earth
Exercise 23: The Metric System, Measurements, and Scientific Inquiry
New to this edition
  • NEW! Approximately 38% of the photos are new to the Seventh Edition; a signifcant amount of the artwork is incorporated from Earth Science, 13e.
  • More self-contained exercises rely less on traditional text material and/or direct faculty instruction, making the exercises more useful and meaningful:
    • In some exercises, additional background material is provided with the exercises themselves.
    • In other exercises, questions that relied heavily on outside material in previous editions have been modified or replaced.
  • A more hands-on, inquiry-based approach is incorporated where possible throughout the exercises.
    • Where appropriate, activities and questions replace rules and memorization.
    • Students are encouraged to analyze scientific data to enhance their critical reasoning skills.
  • Enhanced visual appeal and clarity transform the visual component in this edition for today's visual learners. Over 80 new photos are provided, and a vast majority of the illustrations have been redrawn.
  • Extensive review by a support team with backgrounds outside of Earth Science, reflecting the majority of students using this manual, prompted updates to the narrative, questions, and supporting illustrations that more effectively convey course material.
  • The layout and design of the Seventh Edition have been revised and updated significantly to increase ease of use and promote student comprehension.
  • NEW! "Caution" boxes are highlighted throughout to detail the proper handling of materials.

Features & benefits
  • 23 step-by-step, self-contained exercises reinforce the major topics of geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy, helping students achieve scientific literacy while developing observational reasoning and problem-solving skills.
  • Companion Website for each exercise allows students to explore issues related to the topics presented in each exercise. Ideal for use in-lab or as post-lab activities.
  • Extensive pedagogy in each exercise enables students to understand the concepts presented by practicing their problem-solving skills. Each exercise includes: a statement of purpose, objectives, materials needed, key terms, an introduction,questions and problems, a review, and a summary/report page that is intended to be filled in by students after they complete the exercise.
  • Outstanding illustrations bring the classic features of stream erosion, landscapes, topography, and coastal features to life via color photographs, illustrations, and topographical maps.
  • Summary/Report pages for each lab are located at the end of each lab. These removable pages help make the submission and evaluation of student work more efficient.
  • Exploration of non-typical studies includes “Earthquakes and the Earth's Interior”; “Ocean Basin Topography and Plate Tectonics”; “Waves, Currents, and Tides”; “Atmospheric Moisture, Pressure, and Wind”; “Middle Latitude Cyclones and Weather Maps”; “Astronomical Observations”; and “Patterns in the Solar System”.
  • Traditional exercises provide a comprehensive overview of the discipline with coverage of measurements, minerals, rocks, latitude and longitude, topographic maps, and Earth-Sun relations.
Author biography
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.
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