Earth Science, Global Edition Mastering Geology with eText, 14th Edition

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Earth Science, Global Edition Mastering Geology with eText, 14th Edition

By Edward J. Tarbuck, Frederick K. Lutgens, Dennis G. Tasa
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Ideal for undergraduates with little or no science background, Earth Science provides a student-friendly overview of our physical environment that offers balanced, up-to-date coverage of geology, oceanography, astronomy, and meteorology. The authors’ texts have always been recognised for their readability, currency, dynamic art program, delivery of basic principles and instructor flexibility.


Teach with an active learning path

  • NEW! Expanded active learning path that consists of four main parts: Focus on Concepts, Concept Checks, Give It Some Thought and Examining Earth Systems. By breaking up chapters into smaller modules, the text changes the way that students learn and retain information. Rather than passively read through long passages of exposition, they can absorb manageable bits of information, assess their knowledge of it, and go back and review the material if needed.
  • NEW! Concepts in review areend-of-chapter features that coordinate with Focus on Concepts, beginning chapter features. This feature provides a concise overview of key ideas by using photos, diagrams and questions that test students’ understanding of core concepts.
  • Focus on Concepts is anumbered learning objective feature that corresponds to each major section of the chapter and identifies the knowledge and skills that students should master by the end of the chapter. This feature helps students prioritise key concepts.
  • Concepts Checks: Within each chapter, every major section concludes with “Concept Checks” that allow students to monitor their understanding and comprehension of significant facts and ideas.
  • Give It Some Thought (GIST) These questions and problems are found at the end of each chapter and challenge learners by involving them in activities that require higher order thinking skills that include the synthesis, analysis, and application of material in the chapter.
  • Examining Earth Systems are chapter-concluding sections that present problems and questionsintended to develop awareness and appreciation for some of the Earth systems’ many interrelationships.


Use art that teaches

  • NEW! Illustrations: Dennis Tasa, a gifted artist and respected geoscience illustrator, continues adding outstanding illustrations in this edition. Truly an extension of the written story of Earth science, Tasa’s illustrations now show greater color and shading contrasts, more “narration,” and additional photo comparisons to guide students more clearly than ever before.
  • Eye on Earth chapter sections provide aerial or satellite views that challenge students to apply their understanding of basic facts and principles. A brief explanation of each image is followed by critical thinking questions.


Cultivate an active learning environment

  • NEW! Up-to-date content, data, and information have been added to this edition to give students the most relevant current information about Earth Science.
  • NEW! Mobile Field Trips are video field trips that are scattered throughout the text. By scanning the QR code, you are able to virtually accompany Michael Collier on an extraordinary adventure to explore different landscapes.
  • NEW! GEOgraphics are striking visual magazine-style “geo-essays” that explore topics that promote a greater understanding and add interest to each story.


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Table of contents
  • 1: Introduction to Earth Science
  • Unit 1 Earth Minerals
  • 2: Matter and Minerals
  • 3: Rocks: Materials of the Solid Earth
  • Unit 2 Sculpturing Earth’s Surface
  • 4: Weathering, Soil, and Mass Wasting
  • 5: Running Water and Ground Water
  • 6: Glaciers, Deserts, and Wind
  • Unit 3 Forces Within
  • 7: Plate Tectonics: A Scientific Revolution Unfolds
  • 8: Earthquakes and Earth’s Interior
  • 9: Volcanoes and Other Igneous Activity
  • 10: Crustal Deformation and Mountain Building
  • Unit 4 Deciphering Earth’s History
  • 11: Geologic Time
  • 12: Earth’s Evolution Through Geologic Time
  • Unit 5 The Global Ocean
  • 13: The Ocean Floor
  • 14: Ocean Water and Ocean Life
  • 15: The Dynamic Ocean
  • Unit 6 Earth’s Dynamic Atmosphere
  • 16: The Atmosphere: Composition, Structure, and Temperature
  • 17: Moisture, Clouds, and Precipitation
  • 18: Air Pressure and Wind
  • 19: Weather Patterns and Severe Storms
  • 20: World Climates and Global Climate Change
  • Unit 7 Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • 21: Origins of Modern Astronomy
  • 22: Touring Our Solar System
  • 23: Light, Astronomical Observations, and The Sun
  • 24: Beyond Our Solar System