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Van Rose, Susanna.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dorling Kindersley, [2000]

Physical Description:
64 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 29 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
1070 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.5 1.0 11059.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.9 7 Quiz: 16353 Guided reading level: NR.


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QE29 .V35 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QE29 .V35 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
QE29 .V35 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Here is a spectacular, thought-provoking and highly informative guide to the fascinating story of the Earth. Superb, full-color photography of geological equipment, rocks, minerals and 3-D models reveals the ideas and discoveries that have changed our understanding of the world in which we live. See how glaciers create fjords, how beaches are shaped, where Africa is splitting apart along the Rift Valley, ocean-floor volcanoes, the atmosphere from space, the elements in the Earth's crust, and an exploded volcano. Learn how earthquakes are recorded, how the Grand Canyon was formed, about plate tectonics, how rock minerals are changed by weathering, how much of the Earth's surface is covered by water, and where icebergs originate. Discover the age of the Earth, how the ocean floor is mapped, how to sieve fossils from sea floor sediments, how garden snails provided a clue to the continental drift theory, what gases make up the atmosphere, and much, much more!

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-12-Two books that feature colorful, well-reproduced, informative photographs and brief, introductory texts. The information is organized in easy-to-scan double-page spreads that jump from one topic to the next. Often imitated but never quite matched, this format effectively introduces the most attractive aspects of the subjects, but does not provide the kind of in-depth coverage that students will need for reports. Life begins with chemical building blocks; moves quickly to various functions (photosynthesis, respiration, circulation, movement, senses, defense, and reproduction); covers social and inter-species interactions; and speculates on how life began and the prospects for extraterrestrial life. Earth opens with ideas on the composition and formation of the planet; discusses properties of water and minerals (including the basic types of rock); covers oceanography, seismology, and the forces that build and destroy mountains; and ends with a mention of paleontology. The brief texts, which are quite densely written, are well fleshed out by the illustrations and their captions. With their strong visual appeal, these titles will help readers identify areas of interest to research further.-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.

Table of Contents

What makes up the Earth?p. 6
Early ideas about the Earthp. 8
A cocoon of gasp. 10
Climate in the pastp. 12
Watery planetp. 14
The properties of waterp. 16
Realms of icep. 18
The building blocksp. 20
Investigating rocksp. 22
Igneous rocksp. 24
Sedimentary rocksp. 26
Metamorphic rocksp. 28
The challenge of the oceanp. 30
Modern oceanographyp. 32
Continental driftp. 34
Plate tectonicsp. 36
The formation of the ocean floorp. 38
Exploring the interiorp. 40
Earthquakes and seismologyp. 42
Volcanologyp. 44
Mountain buildingp. 46
Plateaus and riftsp. 48
Weathering processesp. 50
Life from rockp. 52
Erosionp. 54
Depositionp. 56
Glaciationp. 58
The age of the Earthp. 60
Naming the Earthp. 62
Indexp. 64