This book offers a user-friendly overview of our physical environment with balanced, up-to-date coverage of geology, oceanography, astronomy, and meteorology. The emphasis is on readability, with clear, example-driven explanations refined by over twenty years of feedback. It takes full advantage of the subject's visual appeal. Discussions are reinforced with a superb collection of color photos along with newly redrafted illustrations by highly respected earth science illustrator, Dennis Tasa. Throughout the book, a stronger emphasis is placed on the themes of Earth as a system and the interactions between people and the natural environment. A designated home page at http: //www.prenhall.com/earthsci provides on-line review exercises, opportunities for further research, follow-up on items mentioned in the book, and links to a wealth of interesting sites related to the chapter material. The GEODe II CD-ROM will be packaged Free with each book, and icons within the text direct users to explore related material on the CD-ROM. Plus, content has been significantly updated throughout the Ninth Edition.
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The Earth Sciences
The Nature of Scientific Inquiry
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activity areas asthenosphere atmosphere atoms basaltic basins called carbon cause Cenozoic changes chemical weathering climate clouds coast continental continues cooling crust crystals deposits depth desert dunes Earth Earth's surface earthquake energy erosion eruption example fault fault-block mountains Figure flow formation fossils gases geologic geologists glacial glaciers groundwater heat ice sheets igneous rocks island kilometers land latitudes lava layer lithosphere located magma mass wasting material melting metamorphic metamorphic rocks meters million years ago minerals moon motion move movement North America occur ocean floor oceanic crust orbit Paleozoic Pangaea particles percent Photo planet plate tectonics Precambrian precipitation pressure processes produced radiation radiometric dating rain regions relative humidity result ridge rise river sand sea level seafloor spreading sediment sedimentary rocks shoreline silicate minerals slope soil solar storm stream structures subduction temperature tidal tion tropical valley volcanic warm water vapor waves wind zone