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Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology, Global Edition

Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology, Global Edition

12th Edition

Edward Tarbuck, Frederick Lutgens, Dennis Tasa

Oct 2016, Paperback, 816 pages
ISBN13: 9781292161839
ISBN10: 1292161833
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For all introductory physical geology courses.

Learning Objective-driven textbook, using augmented reality to bring geology to life

With its strong readability and engaging, instructive illustrations, this trusted bestseller returns with a hybrid and streamlined focus on core principles. Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology maintains a learning objective-driven approach throughout each chapter: The text provides students with a structured learning path, tied to learning objectives with opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding at the end of each section. The authors’ emphasis on currency and relevance includes the latest thinking in the field, particularly in the dynamic area of plate tectonics.

The Twelfth Edition, Pearson Science’s first augmented reality, hybrid textbook, uses the BouncePages image recognition app (FREE on both iOS and Android stores) to connect students’ digital devices to the print textbook, enhancing their reading and learning experience. Tarbuck/Lutgens’s innovative SmartFigures feature has been expanded, adding new digital content via Project Condor, Mobile Field Trips by Michael Collier, Animated Figures, and additional tutorial videos from Callan Bentley.This edition also includes MasteringGeology, the most complete, easy-to-use, engaging tutorial and assessment tool available.

MasteringGeology™ not included. Students, if MasteringGeology is a recommended/mandatory component of the course, please ask your instructor for the correct ISBN and course ID. MasteringGeology should only be purchased when required by an instructor. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information.

MasteringGeology is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with this text to engage students and improve results. Interactive, self-paced tutorials provide individualized coaching to help students stay on track. With a wide range of activities available, students can actively learn, understand, and retain even the most difficult concepts.

1. An Introduction to Geology

2. Plate Tectonics: A Scientific Revolution Unfolds

3. Matter and Minerals

4. Magma, Igneous Rocks, and Intrusive Activity

5. Volcanoes and Volcanic Hazards

6. Weathering and Soil

7. Sedimentary Rocks

8. Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks

9. Geologic Time

10. Crustal Deformation

11. Earthquakes and Earthquake Hazards

12. Earth’s Interior

13. Divergent Boundaries: Origin and Evolution of the Ocean Floor

14. Convergent Boundaries: Origin of Mountains

15. Mass Wasting: 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

Appendix A: Metric and English Units Compared

This title is a Pearson Global Edition. The Editorial team at Pearson has worked closely with educators around the world to include content which is especially relevant to students outside the United States.

Bringing the textbook to life

  • NEW! Using augmented reality, Pearson’s BouncePages app launches engaging, interactive video and animations that bring the pages of Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology to life.
    • Students use their mobile device to scan a pre-tagged Pearson textbook figure, and an animation, video, or interactive illustrating the figure’s concept launches immediately. No slow Web sites or hard-to-remember logins required.
    • By scanning figures associated with the BouncePages icon, students are immediately connected to the digital world and can deepen their learning experience with the printed text.
    • Many of the pages also include hands-on practice opportunities for students to directly apply what they just learned.
    • There are also short URLs in the caption of each SmartFigure, ensuring that students who may not own or have a mobile device can access the digital learning objects.

Modular approach driven by Learning Objectives

  • REVISED! Four-part learning path facilitates active learning, allowing students to focus on important ideas and pause to assess their progress at frequent intervals:
    • The chapter-opening Focus on Concepts lists the learning objectives for each chapter. Each section of the chapter is tied to a specific learning objective, providing students with a clear learning path to the chapter content. Each chapter section also concludes with Concept Checks, a feature that lists questions tied to the section’s learning objective, allowing students to monitor their grasp of significant facts and ideas. Give It Some Thought questions ask students to analyze, synthesize, and think critically about geology.
  • Concepts in Review, a fresh approach to the typical end of-chapter material, provides students with a structured and highly visual review of the chapter. Consistent with the Focus on Concepts and Concept Checks, the Concepts in Review is structured around the section title and the corresponding learning objective for each section.

Compelling, hallmark features

  • Bold magazine-like design supporting the learning path is visually appealing and provides an effective showcase for the program’s highly respected artwork by Dennis Tasa.
  • Smaller, more manageable content modules that focus on core geologic principles are included in each chapter and make key concepts more accessible than ever.
  • GEOgraphics are contemporary, compelling visual representations that present complex information at a glance, simplifying students’ ability to synthesize and recall information.
  • Eye on the Earth feature engages students with active learning tasks, asking them to perform critical thinking and visual analysis tasks to analyze data and make predictions.
  • Art that teaches and motivates includes high-quality photographs and line art that were carefully selected to aid understanding, add realism, and heighten student interest. The art program is the work of Dennis Tasa, a gifted artist and respected geological illustrator.
  • Strong Readability is achieved through the book's straightforward language, written to be understood. Clear, readable discussions with a minimum of technical language are the rule.
  • Focus on Basic Principles fosters student understanding of basic principles while also addressing topical issues.
  • Flexibility is achieved through the text's adaptable organization, meeting the needs and desires of the instructor. Realizing the broad diversity of introductory courses in both content and approach, each chapter has been designed to be as self-contained as possible so that material may be taught in a different sequence according to the preference of the instructor.

MasteringGeology™ not included. Students, if MasteringGeology is a recommended/mandatory component of the course, please ask your instructor for the correct ISBN and course ID. MasteringGeology should only be purchased when required by an instructor. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information.


MasteringGeology is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with this text to engage students and improve results. Interactive, self-paced tutorials provide individualized coaching to help students stay on track. With a wide range of activities available, students can actively learn, understand, and retain even the most difficult concepts.

  • NEW! 24 Mobile Field Trips take students to iconic geologic locations as they accompany geologist–pilot–photographer–author Michael Collier in the air and on the ground to see and learn about iconic locations that relate to concepts in the chapter. In Mastering, these videos are accompanied by auto-gradable assessments that track what students have learned.
  • NEW! Project Condor Videos capture stunning footage of the Mountain West region with a quadcopter and a GoPro camera. A series of videos have been created with annotation, sketching, and narrations to improve the way students learn about monoclines, streams, terraces, and so much more. In Mastering, these videos are accompanied by assessment to test what students take away.
  • SmartFigure Tutorial Videos are accessed using a mobile device with BouncePages, an augmented reality app, and show the student a 3- to 4-minute feature (mini-lesson) that is prepared and narrated by Professor Callan Bentley. Each lesson examines and explains the concepts illustrated by the figure. With over 100 of these SmartFigures inside the text, students have a multitude of ways to enjoy art that teaches. Instructors can assign SmartFigure Activities or students can access them from the Study Area in MasteringGeology.
  • NEW! GigaPan Activities allow students to take advantage of a virtual field experience with high-resolution picture technology that has been developed by Carnegie Mellon University in conjunction with NASA.
  • Encounter Activities provide rich, interactive explorations of geology and earth science concepts using the dynamic features of Google Earth™ to visualize and explore earth’s physical landscape. Dynamic assessment includes questions related to core geology concepts. All explorations include corresponding Google Earth KMZ media files, and questions include hints and specific wrong-answer feedback to help coach students towards mastery of the concepts while improving their geospatial reasoning skills.
  • NEW! MapMaster interactive maps now include layers specific to geology in addition to exciting place name and GIS-inspired layered thematic interactive maps at world and regional scales, created to enhance students’ geographic literacy and spatial reasoning skills. All maps are complete with hints and wrong-answer feedback, providing more compelling interactive mapping media and assessments across the chapters.
  • GEODe Tutorials provide an interactive visual walkthrough of each chapter's core content through animation, videos, illustrations, photographs, and narration. Created by Dennis Tasa, activities include assessment questions to test those concepts with hints and wrong-answer feedback.
  • GeoTutor Activities are based on data collected from educators across the country, addressing the topics most often ranked as tough for students to understand in a visually compelling way.
  • Give It Some Thought questions and problems, relating back to each chapter’s learning objectives, challenge learners by involving them in activities that require higher-order thinking skills such as synthesis, analysis, and application.
  • Geoscience Animations illuminate the most difficult-to-visualize topics from across the physical geosciences, such as solar system formation, hydrologic cycle, plate tectonics, glacial advance and retreat, global warming, and more. The animation activities include audio narration, a text transcript, and assignable questions with specific wrong-answer feedback.
  • Pre-Lecture Reading Quizzes ensure that students complete the assigned reading before class and stay on track with reading assignments. Reading Quizzes are 100% mobile ready and can be completed by students on mobile devices.
  • eText 1.0
    • Now available on smartphones and tablets.
    • Instructor and student note-taking, highlighting, bookmarking, and search.
  • Learning Catalytics™ is an interactive, student response tool that uses students’ smartphones, tablets, or laptops to engage them in more sophisticated tasks and thinking. Now included with MyLab & Mastering with eText, Learning Catalytics enables you to generate classroom discussion, guide your lecture, and promote peer-to-peer learning with real-time analytics. Instructors, you can:
    • Pose a variety of open-ended questions that help your students develop critical thinking skills.
    • Monitor responses to find out where students are struggling.
    • Use real-time data to adjust your instructional strategy and try other ways of engaging your students during class.
    • Manage student interactions by automatically grouping students for discussion, teamwork, and peer-to-peer learning.