Visualizing Earth Science, 1st Edition

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Visualizing Earth Science relies heavily on the integrating of National Geographic and other rich visuals to expand on concepts for students and solidify their understanding of them. This accessible format, coupled with the assumption that students have little knowledge of earth science, allows students to navigate through the material with greater ease - the goal being to help them understand the world around them and interpret what they see in a meaningful, accurate and exciting way.Authors Zeeya Merali and Brian Skinner focus on visual learning in their debut of their first edition, Visualizing Earth Science. This text weaves illustrated timelines throughout to exemplify how concepts fit together and develop over time. Students will quickly learn difficult concepts with this innovative, visual approach.

Author Biography

Dr. Brian J. Skinner is a Eugene Higgins Prof Geology at Yale University.  His research intrests include the origin and distribution of mineral deposits.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Earth Science
What Is Earth Science?
Using the Scientific Method
Earth System Science
Earth in Space
The Solar System
The Terrestrial Planets
What Makes Earth Unique?
Humans and Earth
Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources
Why Study Earth Science?
Amazing Places: Earth
Minerals: Earth's Building Blocks
Minerals, Elements, and Compounds
Elements, Atoms, and Ions
Compounds, Molecules, and Bonding
What Is a Mineral?
Composition of Minerals
Telling Minerals Apart
CASE STUDY: Minerals for Adornment
Mineral Families
Minerals of Earth's Crust
Silicates: The Most Important Rock Formers
Mineral Resources
WHAT AN EARTH SCIENTIST SEES: Living in a Mineral World
Amazing Places: The Naica Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico
Rocks: Keepers Of Earth's History
Rocks: A First Look
The Three Rock Families
The Rock Cycle
Igneous Rocks
Rate of Cooling
WHAT AN EARTH SCIENTIST SEES: Putting Rocks Under a Microscope
Chemical Composition
Sedimentary Rocks
Clastic Sediments and Clastic Sedimentary Rocks
Lithification of Clastic Sediment
Chemical Sediments and Chemical Sedimentary Rocks
WHAT AN EARTH SCIENTIST SEES: A Change in the Atmosphere
Biogenic sediments and Biogenic Sedimentary Rocks
Rock Beds
Interpreting Environmental Clues
Sedimentary Facies
CASE STUDY: Sedimentary Facies and the History of Humankind Metamorphic Rocks
The Limits of Metamorphism
The Importance of Stress
Rocks as Resources
Rocks as Construction Materials
Mineral Resources in Igneous Rocks
Mineral Resources in Chemical and Biogenic Sedimentary Rocks
Gold in Metamorphic Rocks
Amazing Places: The Navajo Sandstone
Weathering, Soils, and Mass Wasting
Weathering: The Earth System at Work
Weathering: How Rocks Disintegrate?
Mechanical Weathering: Breaking Rocks Apart
Chemical Weathering: Breaking Rocks by Chemistry
Factors Affecting Weathering
Soil: The Most Important Product of Weathering
Soil Profiles
Factors that Influence Soil Formation
CASE STUDY: Bad and Good Soil
Erosion and Mass Wasting: Gravity at Work
Erosion by Water
Erosion by Wind
Erosion by Ice
Gravity and Mass Wasting
Tectonics and Mass Wasting
Resources Formed by Weathering and Erosion
Resources Formed by Chemical Weathering
Resources Formed by Erosion
Amazing Places: Monadnock-and Monadnocks
Water on and Under the Ground
The Hydrologic Cycle
Water in the Earth System
How Water Affects the Land
Streams and Streamflow
Stream Deposits
Large-scale Topography of Stream Systems
Surface Water as a Hazard and Resource
Surface Water Resources
Global Irrigation and Industrial Water Consumption
CASE STUDY: California's Mono Lake, in the Sierra Nevada
Fresh Water Underground
The Water Table
How Groundwater Moves
Where Groundwater is Stored
Groundwater Depletion and Contamination
When Groundwater Dissolves Rock
Amazing Places: Lechuguilla Cave
Extreme Climatic Regions: Deserts, Glaciers, and ICE Sheets
Deserts and Drylands
Types of Deserts
Wind Erosion
Wind Deposits and Desert Landforms
Stream Erosion and Deposition in Deserts
Glaciers and Ice Sheets
Components of the<$$$>
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