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Foundations of Earth Science

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ISBN13:

9780130338112

ISBN10:
0130338117
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
3/1/2001
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall

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Summary

The brief, paperback version of the best-selling&Foundations ofEarth Science& 5/e is designed for introductory courses in earth science. This highly visual, non- technical survey emphasizes broad, up-to-date coverage of basic topics and principles in geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. The book's flexible design lends itself to the diversity of Earth science courses in both content and approach. As in previous editions, the main focus is to foster student understanding of basic earth science principles.

Table of Contents

Preface xii
Introduction 1(10)
UNIT 1 Earth Materials 11(46)
Minerals: Building Blocks of Rocks
13(18)
Rocks: Materials of the Lithosphere
31(26)
UNIT 2 Earth's External Processes 57(62)
Landscapes Fashioned by Water
59(34)
Glacial and Arid Landscapes
93(26)
UNIT 3 Earth's Internal Processes 119(90)
Plate Tectonics: A Unifying Theory
121(30)
Restless Earth: Earthquakes, Geologic Structures, and Mountain Building
151(32)
Fires Within: Igneous Activity
183(26)
UNIT 4 Deciphering Earth's History 209(24)
Geologic Time
211(22)
UNIT 5 The Global Ocean 233(44)
Oceans: The Last Frontier
235(18)
The Restless Ocean
253(24)
UNIT 6 The Atmosphere 277(106)
Heating the Atmosphere
279(28)
Clouds and Precipitation
307(30)
The Atmosphere in Motion
337(20)
Weather Patterns and Severe Weather
357(26)
UNIT 7 Earth's Place in the Universe 383(59)
The Nature of the Solar System
385(34)
Beyond the Solar System
419(23)
Appendix A Metric and English Units Compared 442(1)
Appendix B Mineral Identification Key 443(3)
Appendix C Relative Humidity and Dew Point Tables 446(2)
Appendix D Earth's Grid System 448(3)
Glossary 451(10)
Index 461


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