Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology, 13th edition

Published by Pearson (July 1, 2019) © 2020

  • Edward J. Tarbuck (Emeritus) Illinois Central College
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  • Scott Linneman Western Washington University

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ISBN-13: 9780135586082
Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology
Published 2019

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Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology is a leading text in the field, characterized by no-nonsense, student-friendly writing, excellent illustrations, and a modular structured learning path. The learning path is driven by learning objectives that allow you to demonstrate your understanding at the end of each section. The authors' emphasis on currency and relevance includes the latest thinking in the field.

The 13th Edition features significant content updates, a new Geology in the News feature to promote engagement, and a new Data Analysis feature to help you develop critical thinking skills.

  1. An Introduction to Geology
  2. Plate Tectonics: A Scientific Revolution Unfolds
  3. Matter and Minerals
  4. Igneous Rocks and Intrusive Activity
  5. Volcanoes and Volcanic Hazards
  6. Weathering and Soils
  7. Sedimentary Rocks
  8. Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks
  9. Geologic Time
  10. Crustal Deformation
  11. Earthquakes and Earthquake Hazards
  12. Earth's Interior
  13. Origin and Evolution of the Ocean Floor
  14. Mountain Building
  15. Mass Movement: The Work of Gravity
  16. Running Water
  17. Groundwater
  18. Glaciers and Glaciation
  19. Deserts and Winds
  20. Shorelines
  21. Global Climate Change
  22. Earth's Evolution Through Geologic Time
  23. Energy and Mineral Resources
  24. Touring Our Solar System


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