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Earth and Environmental Science in Focus Year 12 Student Book with 1 Access Code

By | Copyright Year:2021 | ISBN-13: 9780170438896

Earth and Environmental Science in Focus has been written by experienced teachers and academics to meet the complete requirements of the 2017 NSW NESA Stage 6 Earth and Environmental Science syllabus. The student book has been written with full and clear explanations of concepts and a dedicated chapter on how to approach and carry out depth studies at Year 11 and Year 12 has been included, to support students and teachers understanding of the study. Questions within each chapter provide students with the opportunity to review content and end of chapter questions help students to apply, analyse and evaluate content. Additional online resources for both students and teachers include; worksheets, answers and teaching programs.

You’ll also have access to FREE* NelsonNet resources to engage your students and provide you with valuable teaching tools.

Teacher NelsonNet resources include:
• Answers to text questions
• Teaching program
• PowerPoint
• Mapping to state syllabi (QLD only)
• Chapter PDFs

Students NelsonNet resources include:
• Review quizzes
• Worksheets
• Weblinks

*Complimentary access to NelsonNet is available to teachers who use the accompanying student book as a core resource in their classroom. Contact your education consultant for access codes and conditions.


1 Working scientifically and depth studies
2 Biosphere
3 Geosphere, Atmosphere and Hydrosphere
4 Plate tectonic supercycle
5 Fossils and stratigraphy
6 Natural disasters
7 Impact of natural disasters
8 Preventing natural disasters
9 Variations in climate
10 Variations in climate – the evidence
11 Variations in climate – human activities
12 Variations in climate – how to minimise
13 Natural resources
14 Managing waste
15 Sustainability


Chris Huxley is an experienced teacher of Earth and Environmental Science with 36 years in the teaching profession. He has degrees majoring in applied biology, geology and geophysics, as well as teaching and learning Science. He works in an independent School in the Blue Mountains and has worked previously in State and Catholic High Schools. Chris has extensive experience in curriculum writing, assessment, and has previously co-authored a two-volume text on Earth and Environmental Science.

Tom Hubble teaches Engineering Geology and Introductory Geology classes to undergraduate students and Rock Engineering to postgraduate students at the University of Sydney; he has developed primary and secondary school curricula for the NSW Board of Studies and Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority. Tom is involved in the CAPSTAN program which trains postgraduate Marine Science students aboard the CSIRO’s deepwater research vessel RV Investigator and has served as an Associate Dean and Prodean in the Faculty of Science between 2004 and 2017.

Steven McClean has a B. App. Sc.(Geology) from UTS and a M. App. Sc. (Environmental Geology, Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology) from UNSW. He worked as an Exploration Geologist from 1978 to 1985. He has taught Geology to first and second year University (at UTS); and Earth and Environmental Science to HSC since 1985 at Barker College, Kogarah Marist High School, Marist Sister’s College, Knox Grammar School (as both 2IC and Head of Science), The Perse School (Cambridge) and his current position is at The Pittwater House Schools. He is a member of the Geological Society of Australia (GSA) and the Australian College of Education. He has presented papers at GSA conferences across the last 20 years and is a regular book reviewer for the GSA.

Susan Filan is Head of Environmental Education at Abbotsleigh in Sydney. She received her BA (summa cum laude) in Biological Sciences from Mount Holyoke College and MA in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University. Susan worked in medical research before gaining her Grad. Dip. Ed (Secondary Science) from Macquarie University and is an experienced teacher of Earth and Environmental Science. She has been involved in curriculum writing and has authored textbook chapters for 7–10 Science. Susan is a STANSW Council Member.


Exam–style questions contain stimulus material, which are provided in both the end of chapter review questions and at the end of each module.

Review quizzes at the end of each chapter.

Investigations which provide opportunities to learn and review the Working Scientifically skills.

Margin icons identify learning outcomes from across curriculum areas.

'Working Scientifically' processes range from praimary to secondary-sourced investigations, modelling, field work and surveys as outlined in the syllabus.