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For all introductory physical geology courses.


Learning Objective-driven textbook, using augmented reality to bring geology to life

With its strong readability and engaging, instructive illustrations, this trusted bestseller returns with a hybrid and streamlined focus on core principles. Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology maintains a learning objective-driven approach throughout each chapter: The text provides readers with a structured learning path, tied to learning objectives with opportunities for readers to demonstrate their understanding at the end of each section. The authors’ emphasis on currency and relevance includes the latest thinking in the field, particularly in the dynamic area of plate tectonics.


The 12th Edition, Pearson Science’s first augmented reality, hybrid textbook, uses the BouncePages image recognition app (FREE on both iOS and Android stores) to connect readers' digital devices to the print textbook, enhancing their reading and learning experience. Tarbuck/Lutgens’s innovative SmartFigures feature has been expanded, adding new digital content via Project Condor, Mobile Field Trips by Michael Collier, Animated Figures, and additional tutorial videos from Callan Bentley.


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Mastering™ Geology is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with this text to engage students and improve results. Interactive, self-paced tutorials provide individualized coaching to help students stay on track. With a wide range of activities available, students can actively learn, understand, and retain even the most difficult concepts.


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3 comments on “Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology (12th Edition)”

  1. Don't bother with the 12th edition I directly asked my professor if the 11th edition was fine, and he insisted that we get the 12th edition. I got this one anyway.Maybe our understanding of billions-of-years-old processes hasn't changed dramatically in the three years between the 11th and 12th editions? Seems that way, because my classmates' 12th edition textbooks were virtually identical to my 11th edition.Don't support the ridiculous textbook industry. If you must purchase this book for class, get this...

  2. Beware - very soft, flimsy cover - large book holder with spine support required Excellent book for learning enough about geology to deeply understand my rock collecting hobby. But despite the cost, size and weight of the book, it does not have a hardcover. Its paper cover is so flimsy that the spine flops around and the book can only be read by laying it flat on a table. In a few days I found that so inconvenient and uncomfortable I've had to buy a large, solid-backed,book holder for it.

  3. Worst image quality since the movie, pixels. The information in the text book is excellent and the way everything is presented deserves five starts, but all of that is lost because of image quality. (Kindle version)All they would have to do to fix this is to reduce the amount of image compression and this text book would become readable.When you catch youself asking questions like “Is that blue blob sky or is it part of rock?” or “I can’t tell if that gray blob is a rock or just mud on the ground.”It’s a shame that they...

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