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Earth sciences for students
Dasch, E. Julius.
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4 volumes : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Describes various earth sciences, their history, employment opportunities, and notable scientists of the past.
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Audubon Library QE29 .E274 1999 V.4 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
Audubon Library QE29 .E274 1999 V.3 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
Audubon Library QE29 .E274 1999 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
Audubon Library QE29 .E274 1999 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material

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This volume provides a thorough and authoritative coverage of earth sciences with over 200 photographs, illustrations and explanations. From abrasive materials to women in earth sciences, this book provides material needed to study the Earth and its systems, including the weather, the ocean, the planets and solar system, plants and animals, energy and matter, careers in earth science and more.


Describes various earth sciences, their history, employment opportunities, and notable scientists of the past.

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Booklist Review

With this set, Macmillan launches its new Science Library for Students. Based on the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences [RBB N 1 96], also edited by Dasch, Earth Sciences for Students has been adapted for younger researchers. One of the most impressive features of the set is the comprehensive covering of topics. The focus is primarily on the earth sciences with a strong emphasis placed on analytic and theoretical observations in this field. More than 200 entries present topics related to "solid Earth, oceanographic and atmospheric, and biological sciences" along with "the study of the solar system and its place in the Milky Way Galaxy and the universe." Entry length ranges from approximately half a page to five or six pages. Biographical profiles of 66 noteworthy scientists such as Rachel Carson, Edwin Hubble, and Carl Sagan add valuable information. Extensive attention is also given to describing a variety of employment opportunities available, ranging from careers in the fields of astrophysics and oceanography to those in planetary and environmental sciences. All of the articles the Board checked against the parent set have been rewritten to suit the new audience, and a number of new articles have been added, among them Ancient supercontinents, Auroras, Carbon-14 dating, and El Nino and La Nina. Each volume begins with a "Geologic Timescale" and "Measurements and Abbreviations." Volume one contains the table of contents for the set. Although all volumes include their own index, a comprehensive index, a list of supplementary readings, and a glossary are presented in volume four. The layout of pages is attractive. Highlighted terms appear in left margins, making it unnecessary to turn to the glossary while reading. See and see also references link to related topics or provide addition information. Color illustrations and black-and-white diagrams sprinkle the text with visual details. Highly recommended, this thorough source would be a valuable addition to junior-high-and high-school collections and a strong supplement to a reference collection in a public library.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Based on Macmillan's Encyclopedia of Earth Science (1996; o.p.), this handsome, authoritative resource covers the physics, chemistry, and biology of Earth and space. The alphabetically arranged articles begin with brief definitions, explain basic concepts, outline natural processes, and conclude with cross-references to other articles. Coverage includes geological structure and landforms, oceanography, atmospheric sciences, biology and paleontology, and astronomy, with separate articles on careers in these and related fields. The articles on controversial topics, such as the causes of global warming, are balanced but point to scientific consensus. The set provides just enough detail to satisfy the interest of serious students while providing colorful pictures and accounts of interesting personalities to attract browsers. Most entries are illustrated with one or two full-color or black-and-white photographs or diagrams with informative captions. Although the thematic bibliography in the last volume lists useful readings, the articles do not guide readers to it, weakening the usefulness of the set. The UXL Encyclopedia of Science (1997) covers some of the same topics in comparable detail, but lacks the color photos. The bibliography includes long-lived Web sites and CD-ROMs as well as books. Earth Sciences would be well used in schools with strong science programs.- Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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