Painless Earth Science

Painless Earth Science

by Edward J. Denecke Jr.

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Overview

Titles in Barron's extensive Painless Series cover a wide range of subjects as they are taught on middle school and high school levels. Perfect for supporting state standards, these books are written for students who find the subjects unusually difficult and confusing—or in many cases, just plain boring, and may need a little extra help.

Barron's Painless Series authors' main goal is to clear up students' confusion and perk up their interest by emphasizing the intriguing and often exciting ways in which they can put each subject to practical use. Most of these books take a light-hearted approach to their subjects, often employing humor, and always presenting fun-learning exercises that include puzzles, games, and challenging "Brain Tickler" problems to solve. This title describes the exciting revolution in our understanding of Earth's processes and changes, focusing on movement of tectonic plates, earthquakes, volcanoes, and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764146015
Publisher: Barrons Educational Series
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Series: Barron's Painless Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 232,662
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents


Introduction


  • Chapter One: Earth's Structure


    Earth's Spheres


    Earth Models


    Mapping Earth's Surface


    Field Maps


  • Chapter Two: The Atmosphere


    Composition of the Atmosphere


    Energy in the Atmosphere


    Energy Transfer in the Atmosphere


    Circulation in the Atmosphere


  • Chapter Three: Weather and Climate


    Weather Variables


    Weather Patterns


    Weather Forecasting


    Climate


  • Chapter Four: The Hydrosphere


    How the Hydrosphere Formed


    The Ocean


    Fresh Water


    The Water Cycle


  • Chapter Five: The Lithosphere


    Minerals


    Rocks


    Rock Identification


    Identifying Sedimentary Rocks


    Identifying Metamorphic Rocks


    The Rock Cycle


  • Chapter Six: Weathering


    Physical Weathering


    Chemical Weathering


    Factors That Affect Weathering


    Products of Weathering


  • Chapter Seven: Erosion and Deposition


    Agents of Erosion


    Deposition


  • Chapter Eight: Earthquakes

    and Volcanoes



    Earthquakes


    Measuring Earthquakes


    Volcanoes


  • Chapter Nine: Plate Tectonics


    The Building Blocks of Plate Tectonics


    Plate Tectonics


  • Chapter Ten: Earth's History


    Geologic Time


    Determining Relative Age


    Determining Absolute Age


    Fossils: Keys to the Past


    The Geologic Time Scale


  • Chapter Eleven: Earth in Space


    Models of the Universe


    Our Current Model of the Universe


    The Solar System


    The Earth-Moon-Sun System


    Effects of Earth's Motions


    Motions of the Moon and Their Effects


  • Index

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