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Earth Science offers a reader-friendly overview of our physical environment for the reader with little or no exposure to science. The emphasis is on readability, with clear explanations and examples, superb illustrations by the renowned Dennis Tasa, and an incredible collection of full color photographs and topographical maps. Topics covered in this highly readable and interesting book are geology, oceanography, astronomy, and meteorology. For readers needing a basic informational book about Earth Science.
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A textbook for an introductory undergraduate course for students who have little background in science and may be taking the course to satisfy the school's breadth requirements. Covers the four primary disciplines of geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. Much color is used, sometimes strikingly, throughout for illustrations and graphs. The CD-ROM contains a dynamic program that reinforces key concepts with animations, tutorials, and interactive exercises. Considerable support material is available for instructors. The editions between 1976 and 1982 were published by Merrill and those in 1991 and 1994 by Macmillan; the previous edition was in 1998. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130354433
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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PREFACE:

Preface

Earth is a very small part of a vast universe, but it is our home. It provides the resources that support our modem society and the ingredients necessary to maintain life. Therefore, a knowledge and understanding of our planet is critical to our social well being and indeed, vital to our survival.

In recent years, media reports have made us increasingly aware of our place in the universe and the forces at work in our physical environment. We are also beginning to learn that human interactions with natural systems can upset delicate balances. News stories inform us of new discoveries in the solar system and beyond. Daily reports remind us of the destruction caused by hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and landslides. We have been made aware of ozone depletion, potential global warming, and growing environmental concerns about the oceans. To comprehend, prepare for, and solve these and other concerns requires an awareness of how science is done and the scientific principles that influence our planet, its rocks, mountains, atmosphere, and oceans.

Earth Science, ninth edition, like its predecessors, is a college-level text designed for an introductory course that often has the same name as this text. It consists of four units that emphasize broad and up-to-date coverage of basic topics and principles in geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. The book is intended to be a meaningful, non-technical survey for undergraduate students with little background in science. Usually these students are taking an Earth science class to meet a portion of their college's or university's general requirements.

In addition tobeing informative and up-to-date, a major goal of Earth Science is to meet the need of beginning students for a readable and user-friendly text, a book that is a highly usable "tool" for learning basic Earth science principles and concepts.

Distinguishing Features

Readability

The language of this book is straightforward and written to be understood. Clear, readable discussions with a minimum of technical language are the rule. The frequent headings and subheadings help students follow discussions and identify the important ideas presented in each chapter. In the ninth edition, improved readability was achieved by examining chapter organization and flow, and writing in a more personal style. Large portions of the text were substantially rewritten in an effort to make the material more understandable.

Illustrations and Photographs

The Earth sciences are highly visual. Therefore, photographs and artwork are a very important part of an introductory book. Earth Science, ninth edition, contains dozens of new high-quality photographs that were carefully selected to aid understanding, add realism, and heighten the interest of the reader.

The illustrations in each new edition of Earth Science keep getting better and better. In the ninth edition more than 100 pieces of line art were redesigned. The new art illustrates ideas and concepts more clearly and realistically than ever before. The art program was carried out by Dennis Tasa, a gifted artist and respected Earth science illustrator.

Focus on Learning

New to the ninth edition: To assist student learning, every chapter now concludes with a Chapter Summary. When a chapter has been completed, three useful devices help students review. First, the Chapter Summary recaps all of the major points. Next is a checklist of Key Terms with page references. Learning the language of Earth science helps students learn the material. This is followed by Review Questions that help students examine their knowledge of significant facts and ideas. Each chapter closes with some suggested Web sites for further exploration. Moreover, students are reminded to visit the all-new and greatly improved Web site for Earth Science, ninth edition (...

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Solid Earth
1 Minerals: Building Blocks of Rocks 17
2 Rocks: Materials of the Lithosphere 33
3 Weathering, Soil, and Mass Wasting 57
4 Running Water and Groundwater 87
5 Glaciers, Deserts, and Wind 121
6 Earthquakes and Earth's Interior 153
7 Plate Tectonics 179
8 Igneous Activity 211
9 Mountain Building 237
10 Geologic Time 261
11 Earth History: A Brief Summary 285
Pt. 2 The Oceans
12 Ocean Waters and the Ocean Floor 313
13 The Restless Ocean 333
Pt. 3 The Atmosphere
14 Composition, Structure, and Temperature 361
15 Moisture 387
16 Air Pressure and Wind 419
17 Weather Patterns and Severe Storms 437
18 Climate 463
Pt. 4 Astronomy
19 Earth's Place in the Universe 489
20 Touring Our Solar System 515
21 Light, Astronomical Observations, and the Sun 545
22 Beyond Our Solar System 567
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Preface

PREFACE:

Preface

Earth is a very small part of a vast universe, but it is our home. It provides the resources that support our modem society and the ingredients necessary to maintain life. Therefore, a knowledge and understanding of our planet is critical to our social well being and indeed, vital to our survival.

In recent years, media reports have made us increasingly aware of our place in the universe and the forces at work in our physical environment. We are also beginning to learn that human interactions with natural systems can upset delicate balances. News stories inform us of new discoveries in the solar system and beyond. Daily reports remind us of the destruction caused by hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and landslides. We have been made aware of ozone depletion, potential global warming, and growing environmental concerns about the oceans. To comprehend, prepare for, and solve these and other concerns requires an awareness of how science is done and the scientific principles that influence our planet, its rocks, mountains, atmosphere, and oceans.

Earth Science, ninth edition, like its predecessors, is a college-level text designed for an introductory course that often has the same name as this text. It consists of four units that emphasize broad and up-to-date coverage of basic topics and principles in geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. The book is intended to be a meaningful, non-technical survey for undergraduate students with little background in science. Usually these students are taking an Earth science class to meet a portion of their college's or university's general requirements.

In additiontobeing informative and up-to-date, a major goal of Earth Science is to meet the need of beginning students for a readable and user-friendly text, a book that is a highly usable "tool" for learning basic Earth science principles and concepts.

Distinguishing Features

Readability

The language of this book is straightforward and written to be understood. Clear, readable discussions with a minimum of technical language are the rule. The frequent headings and subheadings help students follow discussions and identify the important ideas presented in each chapter. In the ninth edition, improved readability was achieved by examining chapter organization and flow, and writing in a more personal style. Large portions of the text were substantially rewritten in an effort to make the material more understandable.

Illustrations and Photographs

The Earth sciences are highly visual. Therefore, photographs and artwork are a very important part of an introductory book. Earth Science, ninth edition, contains dozens of new high-quality photographs that were carefully selected to aid understanding, add realism, and heighten the interest of the reader.

The illustrations in each new edition of Earth Science keep getting better and better. In the ninth edition more than 100 pieces of line art were redesigned. The new art illustrates ideas and concepts more clearly and realistically than ever before. The art program was carried out by Dennis Tasa, a gifted artist and respected Earth science illustrator.

Focus on Learning

New to the ninth edition: To assist student learning, every chapter now concludes with a Chapter Summary. When a chapter has been completed, three useful devices help students review. First, the Chapter Summary recaps all of the major points. Next is a checklist of Key Terms with page references. Learning the language of Earth science helps students learn the material. This is followed by Review Questions that help students examine their knowledge of significant facts and ideas. Each chapter closes with some suggested Web sites for further exploration. Moreover, students are reminded to visit the all-new and greatly improved Web site for Earth Science, ninth edition (...

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Introduction

Earth Science Tenth Edition, like its predecessors, is a college-level text designed for an introductory course that often has the same name as this text. It consists of seven units that emphasize broad and up-to-date coverage of basic topics and principles in geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. The book is intended to be a meaningful, nontechnical survey for undergraduate students with little background in science. Usually these students are taking an Earth science class to meet a portion of their college's or university's general requirements.

In addition to being informative and up-to-date, a major goal of Earth Science is to meet the need of beginning students for a readable and user-friendly text, a book that is a highly usable "tool" for learning basic Earth science principles and concepts.

Distinguishing Features

Readability

The language of this book is straightforward and written to be understood. Clear, readable discussions with a minimum of technical language are the rule. The frequent headings and subheadings help students follow discussions and identify the important ideas presented in each chapter. In the Tenth Edition, improved readability was achieved by examining chapter organization and flow, and writing in a more personal style. Large portions of the text were substantially rewritten in an effort to make the material more understandable.

Focus on Learning

When a chapter has been completed, three useful devices help students review. First, the Chapter Summary recaps all of the major points. Next is a checklist of Key Terms with page references. Learning the language ofEarth science helps students learn the material. This is followed by Review Questions that help students examine their knowledge of significant facts and ideas. Each chapter closes with a reminder to visit the Website for Earth Science, Tenth Edition. It contains many excellent opportunities for review and exploration.

Illustrations and Photographs

The Earth sciences are highly visual. Therefore, photographs and artwork are a very important part of an introductory book. Earth Science, Tenth Edition, contains dozens of new high-quality photographs that were carefully selected to aid understanding, add realism, and heighten the interest of the reader.

The illustrations in each new edition of Earth Science keep getting better and better. In the Tenth Edition more than 100 pieces of line art are new or redesigned. The new art illustrates ideas and concepts more clearly and realistically than ever before. The art program s carried out by Dennis Tasa, a gifted artist and respected Earth science illustrator.

Focus on Basic Principles and Instructor Flexibility

Although many topical issues are treated in Earth Science, Tenth Edition, it should be emphasized that the main focus of this new edition remains the same as its predecessors—to foster student understanding of basic Earth science principles. Whereas student use of the text is a primary concern, the book's adaptability to the needs and desires of the instructor is equally important. Realizing the broad diversity of Earth science courses in both content and approach, we have continued to use a relatively nonintegrated format to allow maximum flexibility for the instructor. Each of the major units stands alone; hence, they can be taught in any order. A unit can be omitted entirely without appreciable loss of continuity, and portions of some chapters may be interchanged or excluded at the instructor's discretion.

Three Important Themes

The newly revised and expanded "Introduction to Earth Science" that opens the text acquaints students with three important themes that recur throughout the book—Earth as a System, People and the Environment, and Understanding Earth.

Earth as a System

An important occurrence in modern science has been the realization that Earth is a giant multi-dimensional system. Our planet consists of many separate but interacting parts. A change in any one part can produce changes in any or all of the other parts—often in ways that are neither obvious nor immediately apparent. Although it is not possible to study the entire system at once, it is possible to develop an awareness and appreciation for the concept and for many of the system's important interrelationships. Therefore, starting with the new section on "Earth System Science" in the Introduction, the theme of "Earth as a System" keeps recurring through all major units of the book. It is a thread that "weaves" through the chapters and helps tie them together.

Several new and revised special interest boxes relate to Earth as a system. To remind the reader of this important theme, the small icon you see at the beginning of this section is used to mark these boxes. Finally, each chapter concludes with a section on Examining the Earth System. The questions and problems found here are intended to develop an awareness and appreciation for some of the Earth system's many interrelationships.

People and the Environment

Because knowledge about our planet and how it works is necessary to our survival and well being, the treatment of environmental issues has always been an important part of Earth Science. Such discussions serve to illustrate the relevance and application of Earth science knowledge. With each new edition this focus has been given greater emphasis. This is certainly the case with the Tenth Edition. The text integrates a great deal of information about the relationship between people and the natural environment and explores the application of the Earth sciences to understanding and solving problems that arise from these interactions.

In addition to many basic text discussions, 22 of the text's special interest boxes involve the "People and the Environment" theme and are quickly recognized by the distinctive icon you see at the beginning of this section.

Understanding Earth

As members of a modern society, we are constantly reminded of the benefits derived from science. But what exactly is the nature of scientific inquiry? Developing an understanding of how science is done and how scientists work is a third important theme that appears throughout this book beginning with the section on "The Nature of Scientific Inquiry" in the Introduction. Students will examine some of the difficulties encountered by scientists as they attempt to acquire reliable data about our planet and some of the ingenious methods that have been developed to overcome these difficulties. Students will also explore many examples of how hypotheses are formulated and tested as well as learn about the evolution and development of some major scientific theories. Many basic text discussions as well as a number of the special interest boxes on "Understanding Earth" provide the reader with a sense of the observational techniques and reasoning processes involved in developing scientific knowledge. The emphasis is not just on what scientists know, but how they figured it out.

Highlights of the Tenth Edition

The Tenth Edition of Earth Science represent a thorough revision. Every part of the book was examined carefully with the dual goals of keeping topics current and improving the clarity of text discussions. People familiar with preceding editions will see much that is new in the Tenth Edition. Among the most obvious changes are those highlighted below.

Expanded Oceanography Coverage

In order to provide more balanced coverage, the oceanography unit now consists of three chapters instead of two: Chapter 12, "The Ocean Floor"; Chapter 13, "Ocean Water and Ocean Life"; and Chapter 14, "The Dynamic Ocean." This change does not represent a 50 percent expansion over the previous edition. Rather it involves the addition of some new material and a modest rearrangement of topics. In addition to broader coverage, this expanded unit also has a greater emphasis on how scientists learn about the ocean. Professor Alan Trujillo of Palomar College is largely responsible for revising Chapters 12 and 14 and for preparing Chapter 13, which has a high percentage of new material.

New CD-ROM

Each copy of Earth Science, Tenth Edition, comes with a new interactive CD-ROM: GEODe: Earth Science. In addition to a revised treatment of topics in geology, the new CD-ROM now includes broad coverage of the oceans, basic meteorology, and the solar system. This greatly expanded coverage includes many new tutorials, interactive exercises, animations, and video clips. Every unit in the text now has a corresponding unit in GEODe: Earth Science. A special GEODe: Earth Science icon appears throughout the book wherever a text discussion has a corresponding GEODe: Earth Science activity.

Other Highlights

  • A new feature, "Students Sometimes Ask..." is now part of every chapter. A few questions and answers are distributed at appropriate places in each chapter and identified by a large question mark. They are the kind of questions inquisitive students might ask during class sessions and are intended to add interest and relevance to text discussions. We are indebted to Professor Alan Trujillo at Palomar College for this excellent idea and for providing many of the questions and answers we used.
  • Twenty-seven of the special interest boxes are new. Most are intended to illustrate and reinforce the three themes of "Earth as a System," "People and the Environment," and "Understanding Earth." The greatest number of new boxes (16) are devoted to the last of these.
  • Earth Science, Tenth Edition now consists of seven units rather than the four units of previous editions. Instead of having all of geology together in one unit, the material on geology is now divided into four parts: "Earth Materials," "Sculpturing Earth's Surface," "Forces Within," and "Deciphering Earth's History." This change does not represent a reorganization or significant expansion of the geology coverage. Rather this change was done so that the units in the text and in the new CD-ROM would be compatible.

The Teaching and Learning Package

The authors and publisher have been pleased to work with a number of talented people who produced an excellent supplements package. This package includes the traditional supplements that students and professors have come to expect from authors and publishers, as well as some new kinds of supplements that involve electronic media.

For the Student

GEODe: Earth Science CD-ROM. Each copy of Earth Science Tenth Edition comes with GEODe: Earth Science by Ed Tarbuck, Fred Lutgens, and Dennis Tosa of Tasa Graphic Arts, Inc. GEODe: Earth Science is a dynamic program that reinforces key concepts by using animations, tutorials, and interactive exercises. This new product includes much, broader coverage than its predecessor. Each unit in Earth Science, Tenth Edition now has a corresponding unit in GEODe: Earth Science. A special GEODe: Earth Science icon appears throughout the book wherever a text discussion has a corresponding GEODe: Earth Science activity. This special offering gives the students two valuable products (GEODe: Earth Science and the textbook) for the price of one.

An Explorer's Guide to the Earth System. (ISBN 0-13093335-X) Written by Ellen Metzger of San Jose State University, this is a new project designed for Earth science courses emphasizing an "Earth as a System" approach. This innovative workbook contains readings, questions, and exercises that will cultivate—through active learning and inquiry—a greater appreciation for the planet Earth and its inhabitants, and demonstrate how relevant Earth science is to our lives and communities. Five recurring themes—interactions of spheres, scale, cycles, energy, humans and the Earth system—are woven throughout the five modules: Introduction to the Earth System, Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Atmosphere, and Cosmosphere. An Explorer's Guide is written to accompany Earth Science, Tenth Edition, and the close integration makes it easy to incorporate into existing courses.

Companion Website. This on-line study guide, specific to the text, contains numerous review exercises (from which students get immediate feedback), exercises to expand one's understanding of Earth science, and resources for further exploration. This Website provides an excellent platform from which to start using the Internet for the study of Earth science.

Study Guide. (ISBN 0-13-035443-0) Written by experienced educator Kenneth Pinzke, the Study Guide helps students identify the important points from the text, and then provides them with review exercises, study questions, self-check exercises, and vocabulary review.

For the Professor

A wealth of valuable teaching tools are available.

Instructor's Manual. (ISBN 0-13-035435-X) Written by Kenneth Pinzke and Stanley Hatfield, both f Southwestern Illinois College, the Instructor's Manual is intended as a resource for both new and experienced instructors. It includes a variety of lecture outlines, additional source materials, teaching tips, advice about how to integrate visual supplements (including the Web-based resources and GEODe: Earth Science), and various other ideas for the classroom. Also included in every chapter are a wide variety of test questions.

Test Item File. Included in the Instructor's Manual, this resource averages more than 100 multiple-choice, true/false, and short-answer questions per chapter.

Transparencies. (ISBN 0-13-035428-7) Includes nearly 400 transparencies, including every Dennis Tasa illustration from the text.

Slides. (ISBN 0-13-035420-1) Includes 200 photos, illustrating many of the natural phenomena discussed in the text.

Digital Image Gallery for Interactive Teaching (DIGIT) CD-ROM. (ISBN 0-13-035431-7) All illustrations from the text, the slide-set images, animations from GEODe: Earth Science, and many text photos in high-resolution JPEG files that can be easily imported into PowerPoint®.

PowerPoint® lecture presentations. Ken Pinzke and Stan Hatfield of Southwestern Illinois College have created compelling, heavily illustrated PowerPoint Lecture Presentations for each chapter of this text. The presentations are fully customizable or suitable for use as provided. They can be found on the Digital Image Gallery (DIGIT) CD-ROM, in the appropriate chapters.

TestGen EQ CD-ROM. (ISBN 0-13-035432-5) This test generator is fully customizable and compatible with both Mac and Windows.

New York Times Themes of the Times—Changing Earth. This unique newspaper-format supplement features recent articles about Earth science from the pages of The New York Times. This supplement, available at no extra charge from your local Prentice Hall representative, encourages students to make connections between the classroom and the world around them.

For the Laboratory

Applications and Investigations in Earth Science, Fourth Edition. (ISBN 0-13-046095-8) Written by Ed Tarbuck, Fred Lutgens, and Ken Pinzke, this full-color laboratory manual contains 22 exercises that provide students with hands-on experiences in geology, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, and Earth science skills.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2002

    Earth Science

    This book is very good. The content is explained very throughly in clear english unlike some Earth Science books I've read. The only thing about it though is that there are not review many questions in the book.

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    Posted November 26, 2001

    the oceans

    restless ocean,ocean water and floor

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