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Earth Science and the Environment

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ISBN-10: 0030060486

ISBN-13: 9780030060489

Edition: 2nd 1999

Authors: Graham Thompson, Jonathan Turk

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This text fulfills a science requirement for non-majors and students who plan to teach in elementary or high schools. Offering a uniquely strong emphasis on earth systems and an increased emphasis on environmental topics, EARTH SCIENCE AND THE ENVIRONMENT, Second Edition stands out among other earth science books. Discussion of how the solid earth, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and living organisms interact, as well as the effects of these interactions, is presented throughout the text. This approach, supported with numerous discussions of modern research, makes the book up-to-date and relevant to students. This text provides a rich overview of all Earth-related disciplines, including geology, geography, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. EARTH SCIENCE AND THE ENVIRONMENT gives students a sense of how the Earth functions as a system and how the various spheres interact.
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Book details

List price: $123.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 8/18/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 8.20" wide x 10.80" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.948
Language: English

Jon Turk is a chemist, professional geoscience writer, and adventurer. He received his PhD in 1971, and later that year he co-authored the first environmental science college textbook in the country. In the 32 years since then, Turk has continued his career as a science writer, publishing 23 environmental and geoscience texts. His love of unspoiled environments and fascination for the wild places of this planet have also led to a distinguished career as an adventurer. He has kayaked around Cape Horn as well as the 3,000 miles between Japan and Alaska, crossed the western Gobi of Mongolia, unsupported, on a mountain bike, and was the first to ascend Lamo-she Peak (6,070 meters) in the eastern Himalayas with co-author Gray Thompson. He has written numerous magazine articles about his expeditions as well as adventure/travel books, including In the Wake of the Jomon: Stone Age Mariners and a Voyage Across the Pacific (McGraw Hill, 2005).

1. Earth Systems. Unit I: Earth Materials And Time. Earth Systems Interactions: Earth Rocks, Earth History, and Mass Extinctions. 2. Minerals. 3. Rocks. 4. Geologic Time: A Story in the Rocks. Unit II: Internal Processes. Earth Systems Interactions: Plate Tectonics and Earth Systems. 5. The Active Earth: Plate Tectonics. 6. Earthquakes and the Earth's Structure. 7. Volcanoes and Plutons. 8. Geologic Structures, Mountain Ranges, and Continents. Unit III: Surface Processes. Earth Systems Interactions: Evolution of the Oceans, the Atmosphere, and Life. 9. Weathering, Soil, and Erosion. 10. Fresh Water: Streams, Lakes, Ground Water, and Wetlands. 11. Glaciers and Ice Ages. 12. Deserts and Wind. Unit IV: The Oceans. Earth Systems Interactions: Flowers Bloomed on Earth While Venus Boiled and Mars Froze. 13. Ocean Basins. 14. Oceans and Coastlines. Unit V: The Atmosphere. Earth Systems Interactions: The Origin of Iron Ore and the Evolution of Earth's Atmosphere, Biosphere, and Oceans. 15. The Earth's Atmosphere. 16. Weather. 17. Climate. Unit VI: Human Interactions With Earth Systems. Earth Systems Interactions: Human Population and Alteration of Earth Systems. 18. Climate Change. 19. Air Pollution. 20. Water Resources. 21. Geologic Resources. Unit VII: Astronomy. Earth Systems Interactions: Birth of the Universe. 22. Motion in the Heavens. 23. Planets and Their Moons.