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Earth's Surface and History (Earth Science)

David K. Elliott

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This set explores the land masses and seas of the world. It describes mountain ranges, the oceans, continental movement, and a wide variety of features that have influenced life on earth. Editor(s): Spradley, Joe; Elliott, David Kenneth; Dutch, Steven I.; Boorstein, Dr. Margaret. Num Pages: 650 pages, illustrations. BIC Classification: RB. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 254 x 203 x 76. Weight in Grams: 2631. . 2012. Hardcover. . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9781587659775

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Title: Earth's Surface and History (Earth Science)

Publisher: Salem Pr

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Two volumes from Salem's series, Earth Science, Earth's Surface & History explores the land masses and seas of the world.

This two-volume set describes mountain ranges, the oceans, continental movement, and a wide variety of features that have influenced life on earth. Detailed explorations of the evolution of dinosaurs, fish, birds, plant life and humans, as they were influenced by the earth's surface, fill this set. Fantastic disruptions, from Mount St. Helens to the ice ages are woven into the story of how the earth influences everything.

Designed to meet the needs of students in Earth science at the high school and undergraduate levels, these two volumes represent a focused, revised and heavily updated edition from Salem Press's five-volume Earth Science of 2001. Now more than ten years later, the updated editions will provide students with clearly explained information on the most important and widely discussed issues relating to Earth science.

Earth Science: Earth's Surface & History, comprising over 125 lengthy essays on basic topics, is designed to provide an introduction to our latest understanding of the Earth.

All of the essays begin with ready-reference top matter, including a summary statement in which the contributing author explains why the topic is important to the study of the Earth. A listing of principal terms and their definitions helps to orient the reader to the essay. The text itself is broken by informative subheadings that guide the readers to areas of particular interest. An annotated and updated bibliography close each essay referring the reader to external sources for further study that are of use to both students and non specialists. Finally, a host of cross-references directs the reader to other essays that offer information on related topics.

At the end of every volume, several appendices are designed to assist in the retrieval of information. As mentioned above, the alphabetical list of contents lists all essays alphabetically by title, followed by page numbers. The categorized list of contents, more detailed than the general table of contents breaks the essays into useful categories to offer readers access to related essays. The set also includes more than 1,000 illustrations tables, charts, drawings, and photographs that display basic principles, phenomena and geological features of our world and the solar system.

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Earth Science: Earth’s Surface & History is a concise resource covering a broad range of subcategories within the study of the earth and its history. This two-volume set provides a comprehensive overview of the breadth of earth’s long history and the many intertwined facets that create earth’s dynamic surface features. Organized in A–Z fashion, each essay details a topic and its relation to the study of the earth and its history and also defines related terms. The main body of each essay is an in-depth treatment of the topic, with organized, relevant subheadings highlighting major contextual areas within the topic. Each essay concludes with a bibliography that includes succinct annotations and a cross-reference list that directs readers to other related entries. Both volumes include a helpful categorical list of contents, sorting topics into major areas including but not limited to continents and continental processes, crustal and surface features, eruptions, geomorphology, paleontology, and the fossil record. At the end of volume 2 are multiple appendixes, including a glossary, a complete bibliography, and chart representations of earthquakes in history, a geological time scale, glacial retreat, and tectonic plates. The set concludes with a comprehensive index containing accurate cross-references, making the volumes easily accessible and navigable to users. Earth’s Surface & History is part of a four-series earth-science set from Salem Press (eight volumes total) and would be a beneficial addition to high-school and undergraduate libraries. It would be of value for both novices and more advanced users looking to supplement their knowledge on topics related to earth’s history and surface. Its focus lends itself to detailed and inclusive coverage of earth’s lengthy history and its progression through time, coverage that may be lacking in more general reference sources on earth science. --Janet Pinkley

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