Features and Benefits

Teach with an active learning path

  • A four-part learning path facilitates active learning, allowing students to focus on important ideas and pause to assess their progress at frequent intervals:
  • Focus on Concepts are numbered learning objectives that correspond to each major section of the chapter and identify the knowledge and skills that students should master by the end of the chapter. This feature helps students prioritize key concepts.
  • Concept Checks. Within each chapter, every major section concludes with Concept Checks that allow students to monitor their understanding of significant facts and ideas.
  • Concepts in Review is an end-of-chapter feature that coordinates with Focus on Concepts. This feature provides a concise overview of key ideas by using photos, diagrams, and questions that test students’ understanding of core concepts.
  • Give It Some Thought questions and problems, relating back to each chapter’s learning objectives, challenge learners by involving them in activities that require higher-order thinking skills such as synthesis, analysis, and application.

New authorship

  • NEW! Two new authors, Scott Linneman (Western Washington University) and Callan Bentley (Northern Virginia Community College), have participated as contributing authors to the 13th edition.
  • Linneman provided many thoughtful suggestions and ideas throughout the text and was responsible for revising Chapter 12: Mass Movement on Slopes: The Work of Gravity. Linneman is an award-winning Professor of Geology and Science Education and director of the Honors Program at Western Washington University in Bellingham.
  • Bentley is Professor of Geology at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, where he has been honored many times as an outstanding teacher. He is a frequent contributor to EARTH magazine and is author of the popular geology blog Mountain Beltway. Bentley assisted with the revision of Chapter 11: Crustal Deformation and Mountain Building and was responsible for preparing the SmartFigure Tutorials that appear throughout the text. As students take advantage of these outstanding learning aids, they will hear his voice explaining the ideas.

Current geology topics straight from the headlines

  • UPDATED! The treatment of energy resources, including expanded discussion of emissions from coal combustion and changes in oil and gas production due to fracking.
  • UPDATED! 2015 Nepal earthquake has been added as an example of a landslide-triggering event.
  • NEW! “Did You Know” about the 2013 Bingham Canyon Copper Mine landslide has been added.
  • UPDATED! The vanishing wetlands section has been updated with the loss of wetlands from the Mississippi delta and coastal Louisiana.
  • NEW! A new section has been added on the impact of prolonged drought on groundwater resources.
  • UPDATED! Superstorm Sandy is used as an example of a decision to change how coastal land is used in Staten Island.
  • NEW! Discussion on the USGS Community Internet Intensity Map project has been included.
  • UPDATED! Rising CO2 Levels has been updated to include current data on tropical deforestation.
  • UPDATED! Chapter 20, Global Climate Change, has been updated to reflect the 2013 IPCC report.
  • NEW! and UPDATED! Dozens of figures are new or have been redrawn by the gifted and highly respected geoscience illustrator Dennis Tasa. Many new and revised figures result in a visual program that is clear and easy to understand.

Engage students with a dynamic art program

  • Illustrations by Dennis Tasa, a gifted artist and respected geoscience illustrator, provide a dynamic visual story of geology. Cutting edge photorealism and photo comparisons guide students more clearly than ever before.
  • Geologist Sketches are incorporated into the text’s visual program, with photographs side-by-side hand “sketch” versions of the same image. This visual feature encourages students to see the world through the eyes of a professional geologist.