This excellent one-volume resource offers concise explanations of earth phenomena and processes, with over 800 entries written by 200 experts. Intentionally broad in scope, it covers earth-related topics, such as environmental science, planetary science, economics, geochemistry, palaeobiology, and plate tectonics but also includes articles titled "Music and the Earth Sciences," "Wine and Geology," and "Geoscience in the Media." Each entry is well written, with information suitable for undergraduates as well as researchers needing an overview. Many entries include brief references. The over 600 black-and-white illustrations are very useful, and the appendixes include the usual geological time scales, a very brief table of solar system facts, a periodic table, and scientific units, conversion tables, and abbreviations. The book is similar to Sciences of the Earth (LJ 8/98) in style and coverage, but the latter is more a history of the discipline. The multivolume Encyclopedia of Earth System Science (LJ 2/15/92) provides more depth in certain areas but lacks the breadth of the current work. Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries. Teresa Berry, Univ. of Tennessee Lib., Knoxville Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.