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The Facts on File dictionary of earth science
Clark, John O. E., 1937-
Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, [2000]

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362 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
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QE5 .F318 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This reference is for students and general readers who want informative definitions. This reference includes 3000 entries covering all aspects of earth science. Key concepts in physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics are also defined.

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Booklist Review

Further volumes in the publisher's series of single-volume, ready-reference science dictionaries. Dictionary of Astronomy defines more than 3,700 terms (200 more than the previous edition), while more than 3,000 terms are defined in Dictionary of Earth Science.

Choice Review

Although this dictionary's intended audience is secondary school earth science students, undergraduates can also benefit from it. Based on A Dictionary of Earth Sciences (1976), this edition contains 3,400 terms and has an appendix of chemical elements. Clark and Stiegeler are well-known editors of other science reference books; Stiegeler was author/editor of the 1976 edition. Terms, all clearly defined, are drawn from the earth, atmospheric, and marine sciences. Occasional diagrams and tables help explain items like faults, folds, atmospheric circulation, and drainage patterns. Pronunciations are not given--unfortunate in the case of terms like "aa" or "pahoehoe." A similar source, McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Earth Science, ed. by Sybil Parker (CH, Jun'97), contains more than 10,000 terms and phrases, but its definitions are briefer and it has no diagrams or tables. Dictionary of Earth Sciences, ed. by Ailsa Allaby and Michael Allaby (2nd ed., 1999), has a large but unspecified n umber of terms and numerous line drawings. All three titles will update Chambers Earth Sciences Dictionary, ed. by P.M.B. Walker (CH, Apr'93). General readers; undergraduates. C. Hebblethwaite SUNY College at Oswego



The Facts On File Dictionary of Earth Science provides students and general readers with informative definitions in accessible language. More than 3,000 entries cover all aspects of Earth science: geomorphology, stratigraphy, mineralogy, petrology, climatology, oceanography, paleontology, hydrology, geophysics, cartography, surveying, and soil science. Key concepts in physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics are also defined. Tables at the back of the book include Earth measurements, chemical elements, composition of sea water and the atmosphere, elements in the Earth's crust, meteorological symbols, glacial periods, and more. Topics covered include: Acid lava Arctic Circle Boreal forest Crater lakes Deep-focus earthquake El Niño Flash flood Gaia hypothesis Ice shelf Little Ice Age Magnetic storm Metamorphic rock Nutrient cycle Ocean trench Petroleum Radioactive decay Sea surge and more. Excerpted from The Facts on File Dictionary of Earth Science by John O. E. Clark, Stella E. Stiegeler All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.