CourseCompass for Earth Science, 12th Edition
Tarbuck, Lutgens & Tasa
This title is out of print.
Edward J. Tarbuck, (Emeritus) Illinois Central College
Frederick K. Lutgens
Dennis G. Tasa, Tasa Graphic Arts, Inc.
For introductory courses in Earth Science in departments of Geology, Geography, Atmospheric Sciences, and Education.
The twelfth edition of Earth Science offers a user-friendly overview of our physical environment with balanced, up-to-date coverage of geology, oceanography, astronomy, and meteorology for the undergraduate student with little background in science. The emphasis is on readability, with clear example-driven explanations. The twelfth edition takes full advantage of the subject’s visual appeal, with discussions reinforced by incredible color photos and superb illustrations by Earth science illustrator and geologist Dennis Tasa.
Writing style -- The language of this book is straightforward and written to be understood. Clear, readable discussions with a minimum of technical language are the rule.
Art -- Dennis Tasa, a gifted artist and respected geologist and illustrator progresses his outstanding illustrations in this edition. Truly an extension of the written story of geology, Tasa’s illustrations now show greater color and shading contrasts, more “narration,” and additional photo comparisons to guide students more clearly than ever before.
Dependability -- Without question Tarbuck and Lutgens have an unblemished reputation as the most dependable textbooks for geology and Earth science. Instructors can count on having a well-written, reliable book and thoroughly integrated and tested supplements.
GEODe: Earth Science -- Extensively updated for this edition, GEODe:Earth Science is now on DVD and provides narrated tutorials that integrate photography, animations and video for interactive reinforcement of key concepts. Created by Dennis Tasa, GEODe is an excellent resource for visual and active learning.
Thematic approach –- Introduces 3 themes that recur throughout the text: “Earth as a System,” “People and the Environment,” and “Understanding Earth." (see pp. xvii-xviii for overview)
- Recurring themes both help organize and connect concepts which, to the introductory student, could seem disparate.
1. Introduction to Earth Science
UNIT 1: EARTH MATERIALS
2. Minerals: Building Blocks of Rocks
3. Rocks: Materials of the Solid Earth
UNIT 2: SCULPTURING EARTH’S SURFACE
4. Weathering, Soil, and Mass Wasting
5. Running Water and Groundwater
6. Glaciers, Deserts, and Wind
7. Plate Tectonics: A Scientific Theory Unfolds
8. Earthquakes and Earth’s Interior
9. Volcanoes and Other Igneous Activity
10. Mountain Building
UNIT 4: DECIPHERING EARTH’S HISTORY
11. Geologic History
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. Origin of Modern Astronomy
22. Touring Our Solar System
23. Light, Astronomical Observations, and the Sun
24. Beyond Our Solar System
Study Guide, 12th Edition
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©2003  | 208 pp
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