Living on Earth case studies highlight the many intersections between everyday life and the environment, and emphasize the reasons why the chapter content is important and relevant.

Chapter 10: Deformation and Mountain Building
  • LIVING ON EARTH: In the Shadow of the Himalayas

Chapter 11: Earthquakes and Earth’s Interior
  • LIVING ON EARTH: Predicting Earthquakes – Some lessons from California

Chapter 12: Mass Wasting
  • LIVING ON EARTH: The Oso Landslide, Washington State

Chapter 13: Running Water
  • LIVING ON EARTH: The Death of the Aral Sea – An Environmental Disaster

Chapter 14: Groundwater
  • LIVING ON EARTH: The Historical Importance of Aquifers
  • LIVING ON EARTH: Water in the Sahara Desert

Chapter 15: Glaciers and Glaciation
  • LIVING ON EARTH: The Origin of the Great Lakes

Chapter 17: Coastlines and Coastal Processes
  • LIVING ON EARTH: Sea Level and Polar Ice
  • LIVING ON EARTH: Hurricanes and Storm Surges

Chapter 21: The Planets
  • LIVING ON EARTH: Visits from the Celestial Junkyard

This brings home the essence of the one thing I feel is most important for students to take away from the course … a better understanding of the world around them.

David King, Auburn University

“I really enjoyed these. I think they do a great job of relating the material to the students.”

Julie Hoover, Durham Technical Community College

“The living on earth features … are excellent. ”

Raymond Beiersdorfer, Youngstown State University

“Living on Earth highlights more than just the links between everyday life and the subject matter. In highlighting the links, the subject matter is supported by observations that enable the student to better understand the processes from a totally different viewpoint, one which the student may be more familiar with or with an unexpected twist to the story.”

Jay Muza, Broward College

“Good selection of topics.”

Stewart Farrar, Eastern Kentucky University

“These sections really tie the learning with the experience. Students retain and learn better when they can find personal meaning in the readings.”

Jacqueline Kozisek, Delgado Community College

“This is essential. Students need to know how the material affects them in order to be engaged in the course.”

Paul Hudak, University of North Texas

“This feature is a good one … [the authors] touch on living on planet Earth and it is relevant to everyone.”

Katherine Amey, Kent State University