The Good Earth: Introduction to Earth Science, 5th Edition
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The Good Earth is the product of collaboration between the content rigor provided by Earth Science specialists and the results of research on learning. The Good Earth has been explicitly designed to be compatible with active learning teaching strategies in the college classroom. The structural elements of this text will allow the instructor to incorporate these student-centered teaching methods into their Earth Science course. The authors have tested the book’s content and pedagogy in large Earth Science classes for non-majors that are populated with mostly freshmen. Their experiences show that the materials and methods in The Good Earth can improve students’ learning, increase daily attendance, reduce attrition, and increase students’ enthusiasm in comparison with classes taught following a traditional lecture format.
1) Introduction to Earth Science
2) Earth in Science
3) Near-Earth Objects
4) Plate Tectonics
6) Volcanoes and Mountains
7) Rocks and Minerals
8) Geologic Time
9) Weathering and Soils
10) Landslides and Slope Failure
11) Streams and Floods
12) Groundwater and Wetlands
13) Oceans and Coastlines
14) The Atomosphere
15) Weather Systems
16) Earth's Climate System
17) Global Change
Appendix A – Conversion Factors
Appendix B – The Periodic Table of Elements
Appendix C – Answers to Selected Checkpoint Questions
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