Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Earth Science   

 

PART 1: EARTH MATERIALS 

2. Matter and Minerals 

3. Rocks: Materials of the Solid Earth   

 

PART 2: FORCES WITHIN 

4. Plate Tectonics: A Scientific Revolution Unfolds 

5. Earthquakes and Earth’s Interior 

6. Volcanoes and Other Igneous Activity 

7. Crustal Deformation and Mountain Building   

 

PART 3: SCULPTING THE EARTH’S SURFACE 

8. Weathering, Soil, and Mass Movement 

9. Running Water and Groundwater 

10. Glaciers, Deserts, and Wind   

 

PART 4: DECIPHERING EARTH’S HISTORY 

11. Geologic Time 

12. Earth’s Evolution Through Geologic Time 

 

PART 5: THE GLOBAL OCEAN 

13. The Ocean Floor

14. Ocean Water and Ocean Life 

15. The Dynamic Ocean 

 

PART 6: EARTH’S DYNAMIC ATMOSPHERE 

16. The Atmosphere: Composition, Structure, and Temperature 

17. Moisture, Clouds, and Precipitation

18. Air Pressure and Wind 

19. Weather Patterns and Severe Storms 

20. World Climates and Global Climate Change 

 

PART 7: EARTH’S PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE 

21. Origins of Modern Astronomy 

22. Touring Our Solar System 

23. Light, Telescopes, and the Sun 

24. Beyond Our Solar System

 

APPENDICES

A. Metric and English Units Compared 

B. Relative Humidity and Dew-Point Tables