33 Geography & Earth Sciences

Physical Geology

This textbook was written by an earth sciences professor at Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia, Canada. This was done in collaboration with academics from various post-secondary institutions across BC and the rest of Canada. It has been successfully adopted.

Includes: Applications, chapter summaries, exercises, and solutions.

May suit: EARTHSC 1G03 and ISCI 1A24.

Earth Science

This text includes introductions to concepts from level I earth science courses, from geology to water systems. It was developed through Lumen Learning and a professor of Geology and Earth Sciences from Santa Ana College.

Includes: Exercises, and summaries.

May suit: EARTHSC 1G03, ENVIRSC 1C03 and ISCI 1A24.

Open Geography

This website is a resource dedicated to providing high-quality and free online geography resources.

Includes: Several textbooks, mapping assignments, and a collection of online resources.

May suit: EARTHSC 1G03/2GG3, ENVIRSC 1C03, ISCI 1A24, and ENVSOCTY 1HA3/1HB3.

Geosciences LibreTexts Library

A collection of open textbooks, assignments, and other educational resources on the subject of geosciences.

Includes: Lab experiments, case studies, interactive applications, and worksheets.

Digging into Canadian Soils 

Written entirely by members of the Canadian Society of Soil Science, Digging into Canadian Soils: An Introduction to Soil Science provides an introduction to the core disciplines of soil science, and introduces the concepts and vocabulary needed by students just beginning their soil science journey.  The textbook is intended to introduce students to the Canadian System of Soil Classification by providing examples from across the length and breadth of the world’s second largest country, and to the Canadian Society of Soil Science, whose members share a common passion for soil science and are keen to share and instill this passion with students across Canada.

Includes: Thought exercises, study questions, and summaries.

May suit: ENVIRSC 2B03.

Introduction to Climate Science 

This book describes how Earth’s climate is changing, how it has been changing in the recent geological past and how it may change in the future. It covers the physical sciences that build the foundations of our current understanding of global climate change such as radiation, Earth’s energy balance, the greenhouse effect and the carbon cycle. Both natural and human causes for climate change are discussed. Impacts of climate change on natural and human systems are summarized. Ethical and economical aspects of human-caused climate change and solutions are presented.

Includes: Interactive exercises, end-of-chapter questions, and recorded lectures.

May suit: ENVIRSC 1C03/3C03/3B03 and EARTHSC 3CC3.

Physical Geology (2nd Edition) 

Physical Geology is a comprehensive introductory text on the physical aspects of geology, including rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciation, groundwater, streams, coasts, mass wasting, climate change, planetary geology and much more. It has a strong emphasis on examples from western Canada, especially British Columbia, and also includes a chapter devoted to the geological history of western Canada. The book is a collaboration of faculty from Earth Science departments at Universities and Colleges across British Columbia and elsewhere.

Includes: Exercises, summaries, questions for review, labs, and earthquake magnitude calculator.

May suit: EARTHSC 1G03/2GG3/2T03.

Environmental Biology 

Environmental Biology enables students to develop a nuanced understanding of today’s most pressing environmental issues. This text helps students grasp the scientific foundation of these issues so that they can better understand the world around them and their impact upon it. This open textbook covers the most salient environmental issues, from a biological perspective. Topics include the fundamentals of ecology, biodiversity, pollution, climate change, food production, and human population growth.

Includes: Summaries, and review questions.

May suit: EARTHSC 3CC3.

The Physical Environment 

This textbook explores the principles of the physical environment using an interactive platform to focus on geography.

Includes: Videos, summaries, review questions, and self-assessment quizzes.

May suit: EARTHSC 1G03.

Environmental Issues 

This open textbook covers the most salient environmental issues, from both biological and social science perspectives. The text is designed for introductory-level university environmental science, environmental issues, or environmental politics courses. Topics include the fundamentals of ecology, biodiversity, pollution, climate change, food production, sustainable energy and human population growth as well as environmental justice and environmental communication.

Includes: Summaries, end-of-chapter review questions, case studies, videos, and QR codes to external resources.

May suit: ENVIRSC 1C03 and ENVSOCTY 2EI3.

Physical Geography and Natural Disasters

The intent of this textbook is to update and build upon the body of knowledge that exists within the geographic discipline.

Includes: Videos.

May suit: EARTHSC 1G03/2GG3.

Physical Geography Lab Manual: The Atmosphere and Biosphere

This lab manual is intended as an experiential learning companion to introductory university textbooks covering the subject area known as physical geography. It contains exercises dealing with the atmosphere and biosphere. The laboratory exercises in this manual have been designed to engage students with activities that promote analytical problem-solving, critical thinking, and active learning through the analysis and interpretation of data. Many questions access data from actual scientific sources on the internet, enhancing the hands-on laboratory experience for students. The exercises have been carefully designed to augment important theoretical topics usually found in the curriculum of a first-year university course in physical geography.

Includes: Videos, laboratory questions, excel data files, question answer sheets, and external resources.

May suit: EARTHSCI 1G03.


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