By employing plate tectonics as its central and unifying theme, Exploring Earth takes an innovative, integrative, and process-oriented approach in presenting the traditional breadth of physical geology topics. Exploring Earth features: Clear, precise prose that renders understandable even the most complex concepts. An exceptional art program developed by the authors. Engaging "Focus On" essays that tie the theory to our daily lives. Unique student-friendly, teaching strategies (Speed Bumps, critical thinking questions, and quantitative questions) that promote understanding over memorization.