Foundations of Earth Science

ISBN-10: 0132401355
ISBN-13: 9780132401357
Edition: 5th 2008
List price: $126.40
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Description: The brief, paperback version of the best-sellingnbsp;Foundations ofEarthSciencenbsp; 5/e is designed for introductory courses in earth science. This highly visual, non- technical survey emphasizes broad, up-to-date coverage of basic topics and  More...

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List price: $126.40
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 5/21/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 8.75" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.728
Language: English

The brief, paperback version of the best-sellingnbsp;Foundations ofEarthSciencenbsp; 5/e is designed for introductory courses in earth science. This highly visual, non- technical survey emphasizes broad, up-to-date coverage of basic topics and principles in geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. The books flexible design lends itself to the diversity of Earth science courses in both content and approach. As in previous editions, the main focus is to foster student understanding of basic earth science principles.

Fred Lutgens andEd 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 going into its tenth 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.

Introduction
What Is Earth Science?
Earth's Spheres Hydrosphere Atmosphere Geosphere
Biosphere Earth as a System Scales of Space and Time in Earth
Science Resources and Environmental Issues Resources
Environmental Problems
The Nature of Scientific Inquiry
Hypothesis Theory Scientific Methods
Studying Earth Science
The Chapter in Review Key Terms
Questions for Review Online Study Guide Did You Know?
Earth Materials
Minerals: Building Blocks of Rocks Minerals
The Building Blocks of Rocks Elements
Building Blocks of Minerals Atoms Protons, Neutrons, and Electrons Atomic Number
Why Atoms Bond ionic Bonds
Electrons Transferred Covalent Bonds
Electrons Shared Isotopes and Radioactive
Decay Properties of Minerals Optical Properties Luster
The Ability to Transmit Light Color Streak Crystal Shape or Habit Mineral
Strength Tenacity Hardness Cleavage Fracture Density and Specific Gravity Other Properties of Minerals
Mineral Groups Silicate Minerals
Important Nonsilicate Minerals
Mineral Resources Important Nonsilicate Minerals
Rocks: Materials of the Solid Earth Earth as a System
The Rock Cycle [geode]
The Basic Cycle Alternative path Igneous Rocks
"Formed by Fire" [geode]
Magma Crystallizes to Form igneous Rocks Igneous Textures Igneous Compositions Classifying Igneous Rocks Granitic (Felsic)
Roocks Basaltic (Mafic)
Rocks Andesitic (Intermediate)
Rocks Ultamafic
Rocks How Different Igneous
Rocks Form Bowen's Reaction
Series Magmatic Differentiation Weathering of Rocks to Form Sediment [geode]
Mechanical Weathering of Rocks
Frost Wedging Uploading Biological Activity
Chemical Weathering of Rocks Sedimentary Rocks
Compacted and Cemented Sediment [geode]
Classifying Sedimentary Rocks
Detrital Sedimentary Rocks
Chemical Sedimentary rocks
Lithification of Sediment Features of Sedimentary Rocks
Metamorphic Rocks: New Rock from Old [geode]
Agents of Metamorphism Heat as a Metamorphic Agent Pressure (Stress) as a Metamorphic Agent Chemically
Active Fluids Metamorphic Textures
Common Metamorphic Rocs
Foliated Rocks
Nonfoliated Rocks
The Chapter in Review Key Terms
Questions for Review Online Study Guide
Sculpturing Earth's Surface
Landscapes Fashioned by Water Earth's External Processes Mass Wasting
The Work of Gravity Mass
Wasting and Landform Development Controls and Triggers of Mass Wasting
The Role of Water Oversteepened Slopes Removal of Vegetation Earthquakes as Triggers
The Water Cycle Running Water
Drainage Basins River Systems
Streamflow Gradient and Channel Characteristics
Discharge Changes from Upstream to Downstream
The Work of Running Water Erosion Transport

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