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Starting with a look at earth's place in the solar system, this book moves from the forces inside the earth, such as volcanoes, tectonic plates, and earthquakes, to outside forces like temperature, wind, and storms. Finally, Earth Explained takes a close look at land forms, including desserts, oceans, and glaciers, and the short and long-term effects humans have on environment.
The premise states that the defining forces shaping the earth are linked to gravity and heat, both solar and geothermal. From the earth in space to current concerns about the future of the planet, the book's scope encompasses plate tectonics, land forms, weather and climate, and earthquakes and volcanoes. A hotel made of salt blocks in Bolivia, a Texas blind salamander, a fossil of an ancient sea creature found atop the Himalayas are just a few of the enticing sidebars on the topical spreads. Full-color photographs and drawings, diagrams, charts, satellite photos and maps, and cross-sections and cutaways illuminate scientific ideas and concepts in a panorama of visual images, without overcrowding the page. A great resource for projects and reports, and a smorgasbord of knowledge for the scientifically inclined as well as the purely inquisitive.