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Pearson eText Foundations of Earth Science -- Access Card

Pearson eText Foundations of Earth Science -- Access Card

8th Edition

Frederick Lutgens, Edward Tarbuck, Dennis Tasa

Jul 2018, Access / Pin Card, 528 pages
ISBN13: 9780134857268
ISBN10: 0134857267
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For all introductory Earth Science courses.


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Bring Earth Science To Life
Ideal for undergraduates with little or no science background, Pearson eText for Foundations of Earth Science provides a student-friendly, highly visual, non-technical survey of our physical environment with balanced, up-to-date coverage of geology, oceanography, astronomy, and meteorology. Foundations of Earth Science is the brief, paperback version of the best-selling Earth Science by Lutgens and Tarbuck, and designed for introductory courses in Earth science. The new Eighth Edition facilitates active learning by incorporating learning objectives throughout each chapter to provide students with a structured learning path. The learning path is tied to chapter objectives, giving students opportunities to demonstrate their understanding at the end of each section.

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Introduction to Earth Science

Unit I EARTH MATERIALS

1. Matter and Minerals

2. Rocks: Materials of the Solid Earth

Unit II SCULPTURING EARTH’S SURFACE

3. Landscapes Fashioned by Water

4. Glacial and Arid Landscapes

Unit III FORCES WITHIN

5. Plate Tectonics: A Scientific Revolution Unfolds

6. Restless Earth: Earthquakes and Mountain Building

7. Volcanoes and Other Igneous Activity

Unit IV DECIPHERING EARTH’S HISTORY

8. Geologic Time

Unit V THE GLOBAL OCEAN

9. Oceans: The Last Frontier

10. The Restless Ocean

Unit VI EARTH’S DYNAMIC ATMOSPHERE

11. Heating the Atmosphere

12. Moisture, Clouds, and Precipitation

13. The Atmosphere in Motion

14. Weather Patterns and Severe Weather

Unit VII EARTH’S PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE

15. The Nature of the Solar System

16. Beyond the Solar System

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Bringing the textbook to life

Modular approach driven by Learning Objectives

  • 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.
  • 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 that has been written for ease of understanding. Clear, readable discussions with a minimum of technical language are the rule.
  • Focus on Basic Principles fosters student understanding while 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 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.

Fred Lutgens and Ed Tarbuck have been good friends and colleagues since 1970. Between them, they have more than 57 years of experience teaching geology to undergraduates, and both have been recognized with awards as excellent and inspiring professors. They share a special interest in introducing geology to beginning students and a belief in the value of field experiences for students of all levels.

Lutgens and Tarbuck published their first college text, Earth Science, in 1976. That book, winner of the McGuffy Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association, is now in its fourteenth edition. In 1983, as the first edition of Earth was being prepared, gifted geology illustrator Dennis Tasa joined the author team. Since then the three have collaborated on more than twenty projects. Not only do Tarbuck, Lutgens, and Tasa work well together creatively; they also enjoy spending time in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Tasa’s New Mexico studio.

Tarbuck enjoys downhill skiing in Colorado, fly fishing near his childhood home in Northern Minnesota, and spending time in the Cascades. Lutgens is an avid runner, and when he can make the time, truly enjoys hiking the canyons of the Colorado Plateau. Although Lutgens and Tarbuck think alike on many issues, they don’t agree on everything. Lutgens is devoted to jazz and classical music, whereas Tarbuck prefers pop artists or a good country station.