Earth Science Demystified [NOOK Book]



Now anyone with an interest in earth science can master it -- without formal training, unlimited time, or a genius IQ. In Earth Science Demystified, scientist and writer Linda Williams provides an effective, anxiety-soothing, and painless way to learn or review earth science fundamentals.


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Now anyone with an interest in earth science can master it -- without formal training, unlimited time, or a genius IQ. In Earth Science Demystified, scientist and writer Linda Williams provides an effective, anxiety-soothing, and painless way to learn or review earth science fundamentals.

With Earth Science Demystified, you master the subject one step at a timeā€”at your own speed. This unique self-teaching guide offers quizzes at the end of each chapter and section to pinpoint weaknesses, and a 100-question final exam to reinforce the knowledge gained from reading the entire book.

Here's everything you need to:

* Understand the geological history of the Earth

* Recognize different types of rock and learn how they were formed

* Find out how geologists date the Earth and fossils

* Learn what causes earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, tornadoes, and hurricanes

* Discover how hot spots, deep ocean ridges, and plate tectonics shape the oceans and land masses

* Take a "final exam" and grade it yourself!

Simple enough for beginners but substantial enough for advanced students, Earth Science Demystified is your direct route to learning or brushing up on this fascinating subject.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071471091
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 6/11/2004
  • Series: Demystified
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 390
  • Sales rank: 1,301,879
  • File size: 23 MB
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Meet the Author

Linda Williams is a writer in the fields of science and medicine. She has worked as a technical writer and chief scientist at NASA and McDonnell Douglas, and currently works at Rice University. She has served as a science speaker for a number of years. Ms. Williams is the author of the popular Chemistry Demystified, another volume in this series.
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Table of Contents

PART ONE: EARTHChapter 1: Planet EarthChapter 2: Geological TimeChapter 3: On the InsideChapter 4: Plate TectonicsChapter 5: Strata and Land Eras Part One TestPART TWO: MINERALS AND ROCKS Chapter 6: Igneous RockChapter 7: Sedimentary RockChapter 8: Metamorphic RockChapter 9: Minerals and GemsChapter 10: FossilsPart Two TestPART THREE: SURFACE NEWSChapter 11: VolcanoesChapter 12: EarthquakesChapter 13: OceansChapter 14: AtmosphereChapter 15: Weathering and TopographyPart Three TestFinal ExamChapter Quiz AnswersPart Test AnswersFinal Exam AnswersAppendix I: Conversion FactorsAppendix II: CrystalsReferencesInternet ReferencesIndexAbout the Author
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2008

    Far Too Many Errors to be Useful

    As with 'Chemistry Demystified,' which was also written by this author, 'Earth Sciences Demystified' is filled with errors and typos. In the first chapter alone, I found several errors in both the text and the accompanying diagrams. For example, 'lithosphere' and 'mantle' have multiple definitions, all of which contradict each other. There also seem to be test questions for which there is no correct answer given. And those are only the errors that I noticed- someone with advanced training in the field would likely find many more. The writing is very poor and has a juvenile feel. I would strong advise against purchasing this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2004

    Understanding The World Around Us

    This is an outstanding book to reacquaint the uninitiated on a wide variety of earth sciences. I loved science in school, but that was a long time ago...and the world, or at least science's view of it, has changed significantly since that time. Now, I know a lot more about a lot of different things. I imagine this book would be extremely valuable for the high school or college student required to take earth sciences as an elective. The book is well planned and executed. It's a very worthwhile, stimulating and enlightening read.

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