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Earth Science Made Simple: A Clear Introduction to the Science of Our Planet Paperback – November 9, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (November 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767917030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767917032
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,261,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A user's guide to the planet.

We see it every day, yet we understand so little about Earth. From minerals to meteorites, this book covers every aspect of the science of our world. It breaks this complex discipline into four major sections: geology, oceanography, meteorology, and planetary science, and it gives an overview of the processes of each. Complete with interactive experiments and a glossary, this book makes the study of our planet—and other planets— easier than ever.

Topics covered include

*rocks
*plate tectonics
*geologic processes and time
*the sea floor and shoreline
*currents
*waves and tides
*atmospheric conditions and layering
*clouds, winds, and storms
*exploration of the planets
*natural satellites
*asteroids and comets.


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About the Author

EDWARD F. ALBIN, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of geology and astronomy at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. His work at the Fernbank Science Center includes instruction in all areas of Earth science.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M3isme on March 8, 2007
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I was looking for a basic science book to introduce Earth Science to my kids. Too many of the books I looked at were "dumbed down". I just wanted basic coverage of science without politically correct commentary. This books gives nice coverage to the topics without obvious slanting towards anyone's agenda. I like it. (Yes, biomes are threatened, but I'd like to teach my kids about them before I talk about why they are threatened.) All in all, a good basic book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Aracri on September 9, 2007
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Great overview of the general topics in earth science. The only thing that I wish the book included would be question sets to review the material. I would use this book more as a resource for myself than my students.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By feathered-princess on December 8, 2009
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This book was well written and easy to understand. It breaks everything down into it's basic concepts.
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These "Made Simple" books are great and the Earth Science lived up to my expectations since I've enjoyed the "Physics Made Simple" book. They are well organized and give the non-scientist an easier way to understand the complexities of our planet and its turbulent history.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ron Price on September 25, 2013
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Shallow covering of the topic. Does not even address the formation of the earth.
Disjointed and uninteresting. No pictures at all.
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