Plate Tectonics

Plate Tectonics

by John C. Davenport
     
 

The development of the plate tectonic theory was one of the great revolutions in the history of science. Before the plate tectonic theory, most scientists believed that Earth was a static planet that never really changed. Working like detectives, a small group of pioneering individuals slowly pieced together an entirely different picture of our Earth, showing that

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The development of the plate tectonic theory was one of the great revolutions in the history of science. Before the plate tectonic theory, most scientists believed that Earth was a static planet that never really changed. Working like detectives, a small group of pioneering individuals slowly pieced together an entirely different picture of our Earth, showing that the planet is really a dynamic, active world. Over the course of millions of years, continents collided with each other, oceans opened and closed, and mountains rose and fell. These changes continue today. Plate Tectonics examines the evolution of the plate tectonic theory from its beginnings as a wild idea of drifting continents to its acceptance as the main concept that drives geology today. The book also focuses on the lives and achievements of those individuals who fought great odds to give rise to one of the most important theories in science.

Science Foundations explores the many methods scientists use to understand our world and the universe beyond. The titles in this series cover many important topics central to the study of earth, physical, chemical, and biological sciences, while presenting these subjects in an easy-to-read, functional style. From the tiniest quantum particle to the expansion of the universe, the book in the Science Foundations series provide excellent supplements to an extensive science curriculum.

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Solid coverage on key topics in physical, chemical, biological, and Earth sciences. Along with clear explanations of the basics, the books discuss major scientists and their research that led to today's understanding of the subjects. Sidebars highlight particular research initiatives or give additional explanations when necessary. Photographs, charts, and diagrams effectively illuminate the texts, whose presentations vary. For example, Planetary Motion expertly uses analogies to explain difficult concepts, while the other titles do not; Natural Selection is exceedingly readable while Big Bang , with its emphasis on math, is difficult to wade through. Text and information heavy, these titles offer a wealth of material, including useful further-reading lists. Great for curricular supplementation, report writers, and science buffs.

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ISBN-13:
9781604130140
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
06/15/2009
Series:
Chelsea House Science Foundations Series
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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