Higher Education

EARTH, 1st Edition

  • includes CourseMate with Virtual Field Trips in Geology, Volume 1 Printed Access Card
  • Graham R. Thompson University of Montana
  • Jonathan Turk
  • ISBN-10: 053874099X  |  ISBN-13: 9780538740999
  • 448 Pages
  • © 2011 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $62.25
  • Newer Edition Available
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Created through a "student-tested, faculty-approved" review process from nearly 70 students and faculty, EARTH is an engaging and accessible solution to accommodate the diverse lifestyles of today's learners at a value-based price. EARTH presents a rich overview of all Earth-related disciplines--from geology, hydrology, and oceanography to meteorology and astronomy. EARTH explores the physical attributes of planet Earth and its environment, emphasizing the human choices we have made, and exploring the physical consequences of those choices in the context of Earth systems.

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Features and Benefits

  • An innovative combination of content delivery both in print and online provides a core text and a wealth of comprehensive multimedia teaching and learning assets based on input from student focus groups and surveys, and from interviews with nearly 70 faculty and students.
  • Shorter, comprehensive chapters in a modern design present content in a more engaging and accessible format without minimizing coverage for your course.
  • Chapter In Review Cards at the back of the Student Editions provide students a portable study tool containing all of the pertinent information for class preparation.
  • Instructor Prep Cards at the back of the Instructor's Edition make preparation simple with detachable cards for each chapter, offering a quick map of chapter content, a list of corresponding PowerPoint and video resources, additional examples, and suggested assignments and discussion questions to help you organize chapter content efficiently.
  • A full suite of unique learning tools that appeal to different learning styles is available to students with the purchase of a new book. Practice quizzes, virtual field trips, flashcards, animations, videos, and more are only a click away.
  • All of the content and resources you expect with a supplements package that is second to none including: PowerPoint lectures, JPEG images, test bank, videos, and more.
  • Environmental issues are integrated throughout the text in both the authoritative narrative and stunning multipart visuals that emphasize the beauty of Earth science.
  • "Earth Systems Interactions" graphics highlight how a given process interacts with other Earth systems, emphasizing the interconnectivity of the Earth's four spheres (geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere).
  • EARTH devotes a full chapter to climate change, placing modern climate change within the context of the broad ebb and flow of climate change over the 4.6 billion years of Earth history. The authors begin the chapter with a review of past climates throughout geologic deep time and then discuss the warming trend of the past 150 years within this broader context.
  • Special topics are highlighted and further discussed in focus boxes throughout the text. In a survey course where many subjects are introduced, it can be refreshing for the student to have an option to read in-depth discussion on topics of interest, and focus boxes range from traditional Earth science topics to current, environmental case studies.

Table of Contents

1. Earth Systems.
2. Minerals.
3. Rocks.
4. Geologic Time: A Story in the Rocks.
5. Geologic Resources.
6. The Active Earth: Plate Tectonics.
7. Earthquakes and the Earth's Structure.
8. Volcanoes and Plutons.
9. Mountains.
10. Weathering, Soil, and Erosion.
11. Fresh Water: Streams, Lakes, Ground Water, and Wetlands.
12. Water Resources.
13. Glaciers and Ice Ages.
14. Deserts and Wind.
15. Ocean Basins.
16. Oceans and Coastlines.
17. The Atmosphere.
18. Energy Balance in the Atmosphere.
19. Moisture, Clouds, and Weather.
20. Climate.
21. Climate Change.
(ONLINE ONLY) 22. Motions in the Heavens.
(ONLINE ONLY) 23. Planets and their Moons.
(ONLINE ONLY) 24. Stars, Space, and Galaxies.

Learning Resource Bundles

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Bundle: EARTH for Earth Science and the Environment (with Bind-In Printed Access Card) + Global Geoscience Watch Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 1111490074  | ISBN-13: 9781111490072

List Price = $83.95  | CengageBrain Price = $83.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $62.26

This Bundle Includes:

    List Price = $82.95  | CengageBrain Price = $82.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $62.25
  • Global Geoscience Watch, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card
    List Price = $24.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $18.00

Bundle: Text + 4LTR Press Print Sticker Option

ISBN-10:  1111620490 | ISBN-13:  9781111620493

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  • 4LTR Press Print Option Sticker
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All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

PowerLecture with ExamView for Thompson/Turk's EARTH for Earth Science and the Environment  (ISBN-10: 0538739711 | ISBN-13: 9780538739719)

This one-stop digital library and presentation tool includes preassembled Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides, images from the text in library and PowerPoint formats, videos, animations, instructor's manual, and test bank. This PowerLecture also includes JoinIn slides, offering instant assessment and better student results through quizzes and polls.

Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0538739703 | ISBN-13: 9780538739702)

ExamView®  (ISBN-10: 0538739746 | ISBN-13: 9780538739740)

Student Supplements

Earth Science CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0840067755 | ISBN-13: 9780840067753)

List Price = $82.95  | CengageBrain Price = $82.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $62.25

Premium Plus WebTutor™ on WebCT™ with eBook, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 0538741112 | ISBN-13: 9780538741118)

Jumpstart your course with customizable, rich, text-specific content within WebCT. Whether you want to Web-enable your class or put an entire course online, WebTutor™ delivers. WebTutor™ offers a wide array of resources including videos, animations, quizzing, flashcards, and more. Visit webtutor.cengage.com to learn more.

List Price = $110.25  | CengageBrain Price = $110.25  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $110.25

Premium Plus WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 0538741090 | ISBN-13: 9780538741095)

Jumpstart your course with customizable, rich, text-specific content within Blackboard. Whether you want to Web-enable your class or put an entire course online, WebTutor™ delivers. WebTutor™ offers a wide array of resources including videos, animations, quizzing, flashcards, and more. Visit webtutor.cengage.com to learn more.

List Price = $110.25  | CengageBrain Price = $110.25  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $110.25

Earth Science CourseMate  (ISBN-10: 053873972X | ISBN-13: 9780538739726)

Through this premium website, you can gain access to a rich array of learning solutions that you won't find anywhere else. Content includes flashcards, video exercises, animations, access to the online Astronomy chapters, Virtual Field Trips, and more. The Virtual Field Trips concept-based modules teach geology by using famous locations throughout the United States. Each module uses a rich array of multimedia to demonstrate concepts, including high-definition videos, images, animations, quizzes, and Google Earth layers. Explore some of America's most awe-inspiring natural features—without ever leaving campus!

List Price = $83.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $62.25

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Graham R. Thompson

Gray Thompson is Professor of Geology at The University of Montana where he teaches Introductory Geology, Mineralogy, Summer Field Mapping, and graduate courses in Clay Mineralogy and Shale Petrology. He has published over 20 research papers in international journals, mostly co-authored with his students. He is also a mountaineer and professional guide with first ascents, many with Jon Turk, of peaks and routes in the Rocky Mountains, Alaska, the Yukon, Baffin Island, the Alps, the Karakoram, and the Himalayas. He has authored many articles published in international climbing magazines and journals, and has been the subject of other articles in these publications. Many of the photographs in his texts were taken by Thompson and Turk on their climbing trips and expeditions over the last eighteen years.

Jonathan Turk

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).