From the renowned Lutgens/Tarbuck/Tasa team, the Twelfth Edition of Essentials of Geology continues to elevate its readability, art program, focus on basic principles and instructor flexibility. This revision incorporates what has historically made the text a best seller with a new active learning approach throughout each chapter, which offers students a structured learning path and provides a reliable, consistent framework for mastering the chapter concepts.
It also includes new additions to its learning path, mobile field trips, and visual program. This program will provide an engaging learning experience for your students.
1. An Introduction to Geology
2. Matter and Minerals
3. Igneous Rocks and Intrusive Activity
4. Volcanoes and Volcanic Hazards
5. Weathering and Soils
6. Sedimentary Rocks
7. Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks
8. Mass Wasting: The Work of Gravity
9. Running Water
11. Glaciers and Glaciation
12. Deserts and Wind
14. Earthquakes and Earth’s Interior
15. Plate Tectonics: A Scientific Theory Unfolds
16. Origin and Evolution of the Ocean Floor
17. Crustal Deformation and Mountain Building
18. Geologic Time
19. Earth’s Evolution through Geologic Time
20. Global Climate Change
Appendix A Metric and English Units Compared
Appendix B Topographic Maps
Appendix C Landforms of the Conterminous United States
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 going into its 15th edition. In 1983, as the 1st 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.