The Extreme Earth is a set that profiles 80 notable landforms, offering clear explanations of their origins, history, and structure. While similarities exist among the many lakes, mountains, or rivers of the world, the examples singled out in this set qualify as some of the biggest, highest, deepest, longest, widest, oldest, or most unusual. The books provide a detailed narrative of how individual landforms came to exist and occupy their unique place on the planet.
Canyons is an attractive portrait of 10 of the most unusual of these geological features, examining what was there before the canyon, how it was formed, how and why it has changed over time, and its contributions to the environment. The canyons covered include the world's largest (Grand Canyon), one under the sea (Monterey Canyon), and one located within a limestone mountainous region (Three Gorges of the Yangtze River). The volume opens with an essay that describes the formation and structure of canyons and a history of why canyons are part of the landscape all over the globe. Subsequent chapters conclude with a section detailing the field methods used by geologists to study the overall composition of the canyon under discussion.
The following canyons are covered: Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon-Washington, United States, Three Gorges of the Yangtze River, Hubei and Sichuan Provinces, China, Peonera Canyon, Aragon Province, Spain, Windjana Gorge, the Napier Range, Australia, Monterey Canyon, Monterey Bay, California, United States, Zion Canyon, Utah, United States, Fish River Canyon, Namibian Highland, Namibia, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, United States, Canyon Diablo and Meteor Crater,Arizona, United States. The book contains more than 30 black-and-white photographs and line illustrations, an insert of 16 color photographs, a glossary, a list of print and Internet resources, and an index. The Extreme Earth is an essential set for middle and high school students, teachers, and general readers.
About the Author:
Erik Hanson has worked as a researcher's assistant in the Alzheimer's Research Center at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota