Making of the Earth: Geological Forces That Shape Our Planet

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A text for high school and general readers on the natural and human-made forces that influence the shape of the planet. Topics include arctic, desert, and coastal geography; the formation of continents; erosion; tectonic processes; and mountain ranges, river courses, and unique landforms such as monoliths and arches. Erickson, a geologist in Colorado, is the author of several Facts on Files books on Earth science and geology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From The Critics
How was the Earth formed, and what is the current state of the planet? Making Of The Earth joins other in the 'Living Earth' reference series, providing high school level students and up with the basics required to understand geology. Illustrations, photos, and easy discussions make this a fine supplemental reading recommendation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816042760
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Series: Living Earth Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.63 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Tables vii
Acknowledgments ix
Foreword xi
Introduction xiii
1 The Birth of Continents: The Formation of Continental Crust 1
Continental Crust
Continental Shields
Stable Cratons
Exotic Terranes
Continental Rifts
2 Tectonic Processes: The Shaping of the Planet 25
Global Tectonics
Volcanoes As Builders
Earthquakes As Destroyers
Earth Movements - Erosion
3 Mountain Ranges: Landforms Created by Crustal Uplift 45
Historic Mountain Ranges
Mountain Building
Folded Mountains
Crystalline Mountains
Fault-Block Mountains
4 Volcanic Terrain: Landforms Created by Volcanism 70
The Ring of Fire
Volcanic Structures
The World's Hot Spots
Volcanic Calderas
Crater Lakes
Fumaroles and Geysers
5 River Courses: Landforms Created by Flowing Water 94
River Basins
Stream Deposits
Drainage Patterns
Canyons and Valleys
Flood Effects
6 Coastal Geography: Landforms Created by Wave Action 120
Coastal Deposits
Sea Cliff Erosion
Beach Erosion
Wave Action
Coastal Subsidence
Coastal Inundation
Barrier Reefs
7 Desert Features: Landforms Created by Blowing Sand 141
Arid Regions
Desert Geography
Dust Storms
Wind Erosion
Sand Dunes
Loess Deposits
8 Arctic Geology: Landforms Created by Arctic Conditions 162
Arctic Tundra
Polygonal Ground
Greenland and Iceland
The Antarctic
Ice Streams
9 Glacial Landscapes: Landforms Created by Glaciers 182
Glacial Erosion
Glaciated Valleys
Cirques and Aretes
Glacial Lakes and Kettles
Glacial Erratics
Tillites and Moraines
Drumlins and Eskers
Kames and Varves
10 Unique Landforms: Landforms Created by Unusual Geologic Activity 203
Stone Monuments
Columnar Jointing
Arches and Natural Bridges
Karst Terrain
Streambed Structures
The Strangest Volcanoes
Conclusion 223
Glossary 227
Bibliography 238
Index 245
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