Book Title: Introduction to Earth Science

Author: adapted by Laura Neser

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This book is a cloned version of An Introduction to Geology by Chris Johnson, Matthew D. Affolter, Paul Inkenbrandt, and Cam Mosher, published using Pressbooks under a CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike) license. It may differ from the original.


adapted by Laura Neser



Earth sciences


Introduction to Earth Science
adapted by Laura Neser

© Laura Neser, 2023.

You are free to copy, share, adapt, remix, transform, and build on the material for any primarily noncommercial purpose as long as you follow the terms of the license:

Attributions This work includes content from multiple sources reproduced under the terms of Creative Commons licenses, Public Domain, and Fair Use. Specifically: Chapters 1-16 are adapted from An Introduction to Geology (CC BY NC SA) by Chris Johnson, Matthew D. Affolter, Paul Inkenbrandt, and Cam Mosher. Chapter 17 is adapted from Section 22.1 of Chapter 22 “The Origin of Earth and the Solar System” by Karla Panchuk in Physical Geology, 2nd edition (CC BY) by Steven Earle, with Sections 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, and 7.4 of Chapter 7 “Other Worlds: An Introduction to the Solar System” from OpenStax Astronomy, 2nd edition (CC BY). And, figures are from a variety of sources; references at the end of each chapter describe the terms of reuse for each figure. Version notes located at the end of the book describe author changes made to these materials by chapter.

Suggested citation Neser, Laura (2023). Introduction to Earth Science. Blacksburg: Virginia Tech Department of Geosciences. Licensed with CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

Publisher This work is published by the Virginia Tech Department of Geosciences in association with Virginia Tech Publishing, a division of the University Libraries at Virginia Tech.

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Publication cataloging information
Neser, Laura, author
Introduction to Earth Science / Laura Neser
Pages cm
ISBN 978-1-957213-34-7 (PDF)
ISBN 978-1-957213-35-4 (ePub)
ISBN 978-1-957213-33-0 (Pressbooks)
ISBN 978-1-957213-36-1 (Print)
URI (Universal Resource Identifier):
Earth sciences–Textbooks.
Title QE26.3

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Cover Image Volcanic eruption at Geldingadalir, Fagradalsfjall by Toby Elliott via Unsplash, Unsplash license
Cover Design Kindred Grey

Primary Subject
Earth sciences
Additional Subject(s)
Geology, geomorphology and the lithosphere, Astronomy, space and time
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Virginia Tech Department of Geosciences in association with Virginia Tech Publishing
Publication Date
December 13, 2022
Ebook ISBN
Print ISBN