Higher Education

Science of Earth Systems, 2nd Edition

  • Stephen Butz
  • ISBN-10: 141804122X  |  ISBN-13: 9781418041229
  • 720 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2004
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $189.75



Science of Earth Systems, Second Edition is designed to introduce the new scientific discipline of Earth System Science to secondary school students. This new area of collaborative research is a combination of all the scientific disciplines into one body of knowledge. This book brings together in one volume, the interactions that occur in the living and nonliving world. Whether learners are studying the earth sciences, agriculture, earth system science, or environmental science, this book provides an understanding of the physical and biological processes that exist on our planet. Science of Earth Systems introduces the processes that occur on our Earth by dividing the planet into five unique spheres: the exosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. Together these five spheres cover all the principal interactions between the Earth's physical and biological properties that make our planet unique. An overview of all of the principle physical, chemical, and biological systems that occur on the Earth, and how they are altered by human activity is included. Science of Earth Systems was written to meet the National Science Education Standards developed by the National Academy of Sciences for the Earth and Space Sciences, and can be easily aligned with Earth Science-related standards and curriculum taught throughout the United States.

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Features and Benefits

  • Colorful pictures, diagrams, and charts assist visual learners with understanding the content
  • Clear learning objectives for each chapter are provided throughout
  • Career connections, bios for important earth scientists, and recent breakthroughs in the earth sciences offer the most up to date content
  • Web sites provide learners with additional areas for research

Table of Contents

UNIT 1: The Foundation of Science
Chapter 1: Technology, Science, and Scientific Measurement
Chapter 2: Matter and Energy
UNIT 2: The Exosphere
Chapter 3: The Earth as a Planet
Chapter 4: The Moon, Earths Closest Neighbor
Chapter 5: The Life of Stars
Chapter 6: The Solar System and its Place in the Universe
UNIT 3: The Lithosphere
Chapter 7: The Earths Interior
Chapter 8: Plate Tectonics
Chapter 9: Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Chapter 10: Minerals, Rocks and Mineral Resources
Chapter 11: Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition
Chapter 12: Soils
Chapter 13: The Earths Geologic History
UNIT 4: The Atmosphere
Chapter 14: Structure and Composition of the Atmosphere
Chapter 15: Insolation
Chapter 16: Atmospheric Temperature and Pressure
Chapter 17: Humidity, Clouds, and Precipitation
Chapter 18: Wind, Air Masses, and Fronts
Chapter 19: Storms and Weather Forecasting
Chapter 20: Global Climate Change
Chapter 21: Acid Precipitation and Deposition
Chapter 22: Ozone Depletion
UNIT 5: The Hydrosphere
Chapter 23: Earth, the Water Planet
Chapter 24: The Hydrologic Cycle
Chapter 25: Oceanography
Chapter 26: Fresh Surface Water and Groundwater
Chapter 27: Glaciers
Chapter 28: Pollution of the Hydrosphere
Chapter 29: El Nino and the Southern Oscillation
Chapter 30: Coral Bleaching
UNIT 6: The Biosphere
Chapter 31: Ecological Systems
Chapter 32: World Biomes and Marine Ecosystems
Chapter 33: The Flow of Energy and Matter Through Ecosystems
Chapter 34: Biological Succession
Chapter 35: Classification of the Living World

What's New

  • Greatly updated and expanded astronomy section
  • Addition of important environmental legislation
  • New chapter on biological diversity and evolution.
  • Updated and expanded chapter on geologic history


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Instructor Supplements

Lab Manual Instructor's Guide  (ISBN-10: 1418041254 | ISBN-13: 9781418041250)

The Instructor's Lab Manual consists of the 55 student activities and also holds the answers to the lab exercises. ISBN-10: 1-4180-4125-4 / ISBN-13: 978-1-4180-4125-0

Spanish Vocabulary and Summaries Student Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1418041297 | ISBN-13: 9781418041298)

Provides students with chapter review questions, chapter summaries,and a complete glossary from the textbook translated into Spanish. ISBN-10: 1-4180-4129-7 / ISBN-13: 978-1-4180-4129-8

List Price = $47.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $36.00

Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 1418041246 | ISBN-13: 9781418041243)

The Student Lab Manual is a practical, hands-on lab manual designed to complement the topics presented in the textbook. The 55 activities in this lab manual are practical, easy to administer, and time-tested in the classroom. ISBN-10: 1-4180-4124-6 / ISBN-13: 978-1-4180-4124-3

List Price = $76.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $57.75

Instructor's Guide  (ISBN-10: 1418041238 | ISBN-13: 9781418041236)

The Instructor’s Guide is a resource which provides unit objectives, competencies to be developed, unit glossaries, and answers to all questions in the accompanying textbook. ISBN-10: 1-4180-4123-8 / ISBN-13: 978-1-4180-4123-6

Student Supplements

Spanish Vocabulary and Summaries Student Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1418041297 | ISBN-13: 9781418041298)

List Price = $47.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $36.00

Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 1418041246 | ISBN-13: 9781418041243)

List Price = $76.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $57.75