30 Earth and Environmental Sciences

Environmental Science (EVS)

Environmental Science: A Canadian Perspective∗

Bill Freedman (Dalhousie University)

2018

Licence: CC BY-NC 4.0

This textbook is intended to provide the core elements of a curriculum for teaching environmental science at the introductory level in Canadian colleges and universities. This book is suitable for students beginning a program in environmental science, environmental studies, or sustainability. It is also appropriate for arts students who require a science elective, and for science students who require a non-major elective. This book was written from the ground-up to provide Canadian information and examples. This national context is integrated throughout the text, along with North American and global data that provide a broader perspective.

Formats: Pressbooks WebBook, EPUB, PDF, and MOBI

Reviews: BCcampus

Suggested for:
EVS 1101 Introduction to Environmental Science [as supplementary resource]

 

Introduction to Environmental Science – 2nd Edition∗

Caralyn Zehnder, Kalina Manoylov, Samuel Mutiti, Christine Mutiti, Allison VandeVoort, and Donna Bennett (Georgia College and State University)

2018

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

This course uses the basic principles of biology and earth science as a context for understanding environmental policies and resource management practices. Our planet is facing unprecedented environmental challenges, from oil spills to global climate change. In ENSC 1000, you will learn about the science behind these problems; preparing you to make an informed, invaluable contribution to Earth’s future.

Formats: PDF and Word

Reviews: Open Textbook Library

Suggested for:
EVS 1101 Introduction to Environmental Science [as supplementary resource]

 

Environmental Biology∗

Edited by Matthew R. Fisher (Oregon Coast Community College) (Open Oregon)

2018

Licence: CC BY 4.0

This world environmental biology text covers salient issues in the environment using a biological perspective. It covers introductory concepts in environmental biology, from climate change to ozone depletion.

Formats: Pressbooks WebBook, EPUB, PDF, MOBI, and more

Includes: Review questions

Reviews: Open Textbook LibraryBCcampus

Suggested for:
EVS 1101 Introduction to Environmental Science

 


Geology (GEO)

Geological Structures: A Practical Introduction∗ 

John Waldron (University of Alberta) and Morgan Snyder (Acadia University)

2020

Licence: CC BY-NC 4.0

This manual is about structures that occur within the Earth’s crust. Structures are the features that allow geologists to figure out how parts of the Earth have changed position, orientation, size and shape over time. 

Formats: Pressbooks WebBook, EPUB, PDF, and MOBI

Includes: Labs

Suggested for:
GEO 1115 Introduction to Earth Materials [as supplementary text]

 

Introductory Physical Geology Laboratory Manual – First Canadian Edition∗

Joyce McBeth, Karla Panchuk, Tim Prokopiuk, Lyndsay Hauber, and Sean Lacey (University of Saskatchewan)

2020

Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0

Introduction to Geology is a textbook designed to ease new students into the often complex topics of Geology and the study of our planet and its makeup. The book assists readers through the beginning topics and nomenclature of Geology to familiarize them with Geology’s version of the scientific methods. This is an adaptation designed for students at the University of Saskatchewan. 

Formats: Pressbooks WebBook

Includes: Exercises

Suggested for:
GEO 1115 Introduction to Earth Materials [would require adaptation for uOttawa]

 

Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology∗

Bradley Deline, Randa Harris and Karen Tefend (University of West Georgia)

2015

Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0

This textbook is a comprehensive lab manual for the core curriculum Introductory Geosciences classes with both informational content and laboratory exercises. Topics include basic laws and theories in Geology, the Earth’s interior and plate tectonics, water and climate change, igneous rocks and volcanoes, and earthquakes.

Format: PDF

Reviews: Open Textbook Library

Suggested for:
GEO 1115 Introduction to Earth Materials [chapters 1-2, 7-8, 10-12; would require adaptation for uOttawa]

 

Physical Geology – 2nd Edition∗

Steven Earle (Thompson Rivers University)

2019

Licence: CC BY 4.0

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.

Formats: Pressbooks WebBook, EPUB, PDF, MOBI, and more

Includes: Applications, chapters summaries, exercises, and solutions

Reviews: BCcampusOpen Textbook Library (first edition)

Suggested for:
GEO 1115 Introduction to Earth Materials

 

Introduction to Geology∗

Chris Johnson, Matthew D. Affolter, Paul Inkenbrandt, and Cam Mosher (Salt Lake Community College) 

2017

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

An open textbook for introductory geology courses created by instructors at Salt Lake Community College. 

Format: Online

Includes: Review quizzes

Suggested for:
GEO 1111 Introduction to Earth Systems
GEO 1115 Introduction to Earth Materials
GEO 1301 Earth: Natural Disasters Explained

 


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