Earth Science 15th Edition © 2018

Earth Science creates a dynamic classroom where clear writing and compelling imagery turn geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy into accessible and engaging lessons students can access anywhere.

  • The latest data and applications from earth science
  • New data analysis assignments
  • Updated mobile media
  • This program is accompanied by the Pearson Mastering® platform with eText

Earth Science Curriculum with Digital Integration

Bring earth science to life through an uncomplicated presentation and a range of activities to meet your students where they are.


A Clear Learning Path

Students learn manageable chunks of information then check their knowledge of it throughout the course to help them remember and build connections.


An Enhanced Learning Experience

Each chapter of the 15th edition now concludes with new Data Analysis Activities. These brief capstone activities send students outside of the book to online science tools and data sets from organizations such as NASA, NOAA, and USGS, empowering students to apply and extend chapter concepts and develop their data analysis and critical thinking skills.


Art That Teaches

Many illustrations have been redrawn and paired with maps, photographs, or figures for a more effective role in helping students understand the material.


Far-reaching Personalized Learning

Online eTexts, homework, tutorials, and coaching activities on Mastering® Geology offer individualized pathways to help students stay on track so no one is left behind.

Earth Science Teaching Solutions for High School Classes

  • Teach with a Clear Learning Path
  • Provide an Enhanced Learning Experience
  • Art that Teaches
  • MapMaster 2.0 Activities
  • Six-Part Learning Path
    An active learning path consists of six main parts: Focus on Concepts, Concept Checks, Give It Some Thought, Concepts in Review, Examining the Earth System, and Data Analysis.
  • Data Analysis Activities
    Brief, end-of-chapter Data Analysis activities send students outside the book to online science tools and datasets from organizations such as NASA, NOAA, and USGS. Students are empowered to apply and extend chapter concepts and develop their data analysis and critical-thinking skills. Students can use these data resources to create their own maps in MapMaster 2.0.
  • Current, Readable Content
    Content, data, and information ensures Earth Science is current, relevant, and highly readable for beginning students. Many discussions, case studies, examples, and illustrations have been updated or revised.
  • Improved Comprehension
    Organization in the geology portion of the text ensures better comprehension of the material. In response to many users and reviewers, the theory of plate tectonics is presented earlier in the text because of its unifying role in our understanding of planet Earth.
  • Project Condor Videos
    10 Process-oriented SmartFigure Project Condor Quadcopter Videos are designed to bring the field to the classroom. Accessed through QR codes in the text, the videos present key geologic locations and processes.
  • SmartFigure Mobile Field Trips
    24 SmartFigure Mobile Field Trips take students to iconic locations with geologist-pilot-photographer Michael Collier in the air and on the ground to learn about iconic landscapes in North America and beyond that relate to discussions in the chapter.
  • SmartFigure Tutorials
    Over 150 SmartFigure Tutorials present students with a 3- to 4-minute feature/mini lesson. Each lesson examines and explains the concepts illustrated by the figure in the text.
  • SmartFigure Animations
    36 SmartFigure Animations bring a process or concept depicted in the textbook’s figures to life
  • SmartFigure Videos
    17 SmartFigure Videos help illustrate diverse subjects through short video clips that use new media.
  • High-Quality Photography
    More than 100 new, high-quality photos and satellite images, dozens of new or redrawn figures, and numerous maps and diagrams create an unparalleled visual program. Additional labels narrate the process being illustrated and guide students as they examine the figures.
  • Spatial Patterns
    Inspired by GIS, these activities feature layers of thematic maps to show spatial patterns. Students can zoom into and annotate the maps as they work through the activities.
  • Local and Regional Scales
    Data is available at local and regional scales.
  • Advanced Map-Making
    Split-screen, geolocation, and advance map-making capabilities
  • Reputable Sources
    Maps are sourced from NOAA, NASA, USGS, United Nations, CIA, World Bank, PRB, and other organizations.

Take a Deeper Look at Earth Science



Get to know Earth Science with Mastering® Geology with Pearson eText

Online Platform for your Earth Science Instruction

Mastering® Geology can complement or fully integrate into your lessons so teachers and students can leverage the technology they already have.

Next Generation Science Standards

Our solutions are designed to support and correlate to the Next Generation Science Standards.

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High School Earth Science Program with Personalized Learning

  • Fred Lutgens and Ed Tarbuck Author Bios
    Fred Lutgens and Ed Tarbuck have been good friends and colleagues since 1970. Between them, they have more than 57 years of experience teaching geology to undergraduates, and both have been recognized with awards as excellent and inspiring professors. They share a special interest in introducing geology to beginning students and a belief in the value of field experiences for students of all levels.

    Tarbuck enjoys downhill skiing in Colorado, fly fishing near his childhood home in Northern Minnesota, and spending time in the Cascades. Lutgens is an avid runner, and when he can make the time, truly enjoys hiking the canyons of the Colorado Plateau. Although Lutgens and Tarbuck think alike on many issues, they don’t agree on everything. Lutgens is devoted to jazz and classical music, whereas Tarbuck prefers pop artists or a good country station.
  • Dennis Tasa Illustrator Bio
    Lutgens and Tarbuck published their first college text, Earth Science, in 1976. That book, winner of the McGuffy Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association, is now going into its 15th edition. In 1983, as the 1st edition of Earth was being prepared, gifted geology illustrator Dennis Tasa joined the author team. Since then the three have collaborated on more than 20 projects. Not only do Tarbuck, Lutgens, and Tasa work well together creatively, they also enjoy spending time in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Tasa’s New Mexico studio.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction to Earth Science

    1. Matter and Minerals
    2. Rocks: Materials of the Solid Earth


    1. Plate Tectonics: A Scientific Revolution Unfolds
    2. Earthquakes and Earth’s Interior
    3. Volcanoes and Other Igneous Activity
    4. Crustal Deformation and Mountain Building


    1. Weathering, Soil, and Mass Movement
    2. Running Water and Groundwater
    3. Glaciers, Deserts, and Wind


    1. Geologic Time
    2. Earth’s Evolution Through Geologic Time


    1. The Ocean Floor
    2. Ocean Water and Ocean Life
    3. The Dynamic Ocean


    1. The Atmosphere: Composition, Structure, and Temperature
    2. Moisture, Clouds, and Precipitation
    3. Air Pressure and Wind
    4. Weather Patterns and Severe Storms
    5. World Climates and Global Climate Change


    1. Origins of Modern Astronomy
    2. Touring Our Solar System
    3. Light, Telescopes, and the Sun
    4. Beyond Our Solar System


    A. Metric and English Units Compared

    B. Relative Humidity and Dew-Point Tables


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