Earth

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An exciting and original thematic encyclopedia idea for home, school, or college use, Earth explains over 2,000 key words in geography, geology, meteorology, oceanography, paleontology, and ecology. Thematic arrangement allows readers to access information by subject and explore related topics. Specially commissioned full-color illustrations explain the workings of our planet. Full explanations make understanding the Earth easier than ever. Fully indexed and cross-referenced, Earth was prepared in consultation ...
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Overview

An exciting and original thematic encyclopedia idea for home, school, or college use, Earth explains over 2,000 key words in geography, geology, meteorology, oceanography, paleontology, and ecology. Thematic arrangement allows readers to access information by subject and explore related topics. Specially commissioned full-color illustrations explain the workings of our planet. Full explanations make understanding the Earth easier than ever. Fully indexed and cross-referenced, Earth was prepared in consultation with leading educational experts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789461056
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Series: Concise Encyclopedias Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.56 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book 8
Studying the Earth 10
Scientific Investigation 12
What is Earth science? 12
Earth scientists at work 14
Field techniques 16
Data handling 20
Measurements & conversions 21
Maps & mapping 22
Geological maps 24
Pictures from above 26
World map 28
The Earth in Space 30
The Universe 30
The Solar System 32
Earth, Sun, & Moon 34
The shape of the Earth 37
The Earth's Structure 40
Inside the Earth 40
The Earth's chemistry 42
Magnetic Earth 44
Plate tectonics 46
Converging plates 48
Diverging plates 50
Volcanoes 52
Volcanic eruptions 54
Volcanic intrusions 56
Earthquakes 58
Faults 60
Folds 62
Mountain building 64
The Age of the Earth 66
How the Earth began 66
History in rocks 68
Fossils 70
The geological column 72
Absolute dating 76
Evolving continents 78
Rocks & Minerals 80
Rocks 80
Minerals 82
Crystals 86
Extrusive igneous rocks 88
Intrusive igneous rocks 90
Sedimentary rocks 92
Metamorphic rocks 96
The Changing Landscape 98
Weathering 98
Rock landscapes 101
Hills & hillslopes 104
Water on the land 107
River patterns 110
Rivers 112
Dry landscapes 116
Glaciers & ice sheets 120
Glacial erosion 122
Glacial deposition 124
Periglacial landscapes 126
Coasts 127
Soil 130
Seas & Oceans 134
The oceans 134
Oceans on the move 136
Atmosphere, Weather, & Climate 138
The atmosphere 138
Solar energy 140
Air pressure & wind 142
Wind circulation 144
Moisture in the air 146
Rain & snow 149
Air masses 150
Storms 152
Climate 154
Weather forecasting 156
The Living World 158
Living things 158
World biomes 162
Agricultural ecosystems 164
The Human Impact 166
Gems & metals 166
Fossil fuels 168
Bulk materials 169
Locating resources 170
Water resources 172
Pollution 174
Changing the land 176
Earth management 178
Earth Science Pioneers 180
Index 182
Acknowledgments 192
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