Chapter Learning Outcomes are added to the beginning of each chapter along with the identification of key Learning Objectives at the start of each section within the chapter. Additionally, figures were replanced throughout the text to better illustrate key concepts.
Updated material in this edition includes references to recent significant events such as the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico after the blowout of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, the major earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011, east coast damage from superstorm (hurricane) Sandy in 2012, and the destructive tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma, in 2013.
This edition reflects data on recent findings. For example, recent data on destructive earthquakes in Chapter 1, information on recent sightings of Near Earth Objects in Chapter 3, new statistics on weather hazards in Chapter 15, recent changes in Arctic Ocean ice coverage in Chapter 16, and updated climate and emissions data in Chapter 17.
Connect, LearnSmart, SmartBook
McGraw-Hill’s Connect (www.mcgrawhillconnect.com/geology) is a web-based assignment and assessment platform that gives students the means to better connect with their coursework, with their instructors, and with the important concepts that they will need to know for success now and in the future.
McGraw-Hill LearnSmart™ is an intelligent learning system that uses a series of adaptive questions to pinpoint each student’s knowledge gaps. LearnSmart then provides an optimal learning path for each student, so that they spend less time in areas they already know and more time in areas they don’t.
SmartBook is the first and only adaptive reading experience. Fueled by LearnSmart – the most widely used and intelligent adaptive learning technology – SmartBook identifies what you know and don’t know, and highlights what you need to learn. It even figures out what material you are most likely to forget.
Key Points--Each major topic within the chapter is prefaced with a list of Key Points. This provides an immediate guide for identifying the important concepts that are likely to be in an exam.
Self Reflection Survey – At the end of one section in each chapter, a brief list of questions is directed to the reader to show how they encounter geologic processes in their everyday life.
Checkpoints--Four levels of questions or activities for each section are provided. These Checkpoints step students through increasingly sophisticated reasoning tasks while reading chapter material. By placing these Checkpoints within the chapter, students can test their understanding and review key concepts before proceeding to the next chapter topic. Checkpoints are color-coded to correlate to a skill level that corresponds to Bloom's Taxonomy.
Geologist’s View – Numerous landscape photos have accompanying diagrams that clarify the structure and shapes that may not be recognizable to inexperienced readers.
Chapter Snapshots – These visually-rich Snapshots help students focus on “the big picture.” Designed in a two-page format, these specialized illustrations feature key concepts.
The Big Picture – Each chapter concludes with an essay titled "The Big Picture," which revisits the Big Picture question posed at the beginning of the chapter. This feature reinforces the key concepts and the geologic processes that influence our lives.
The Good Earth is designed to be compatible with inquiry-based, active learning in the college classroom. It emphasizes "active learning" by providing ample opportunities for self-assessment throughout the text and in the accompanying instructor's manual.
Chapter Outline--A brief outline of topics provides overview for chapter content.