Earth

Earth

by John Farndon

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Overview

Earth by John Farndon

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780789461056
Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 06/28/2000
Series: Concise Encyclopedias Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.56(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book8
Studying the Earth10
Scientific Investigation12
What is Earth science?12
Earth scientists at work14
Field techniques16
Data handling20
Measurements & conversions21
Maps & mapping22
Geological maps24
Pictures from above26
World map28
The Earth in Space30
The Universe30
The Solar System32
Earth, Sun, & Moon34
The shape of the Earth37
The Earth's Structure40
Inside the Earth40
The Earth's chemistry42
Magnetic Earth44
Plate tectonics46
Converging plates48
Diverging plates50
Volcanoes52
Volcanic eruptions54
Volcanic intrusions56
Earthquakes58
Faults60
Folds62
Mountain building64
The Age of the Earth66
How the Earth began66
History in rocks68
Fossils70
The geological column72
Absolute dating76
Evolving continents78
Rocks & Minerals80
Rocks80
Minerals82
Crystals86
Extrusive igneous rocks88
Intrusive igneous rocks90
Sedimentary rocks92
Metamorphic rocks96
The Changing Landscape98
Weathering98
Rock landscapes101
Hills & hillslopes104
Water on the land107
River patterns110
Rivers112
Dry landscapes116
Glaciers & ice sheets120
Glacial erosion122
Glacial deposition124
Periglacial landscapes126
Coasts127
Soil130
Seas & Oceans134
The oceans134
Oceans on the move136
Atmosphere, Weather, & Climate138
The atmosphere138
Solar energy140
Air pressure & wind142
Wind circulation144
Moisture in the air146
Rain & snow149
Air masses150
Storms152
Climate154
Weather forecasting156
The Living World158
Living things158
World biomes162
Agricultural ecosystems164
The Human Impact166
Gems & metals166
Fossil fuels168
Bulk materials169
Locating resources170
Water resources172
Pollution174
Changing the land176
Earth management178
Earth Science Pioneers180
Index182
Acknowledgments192

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