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Earth Science is a unique reference tool with thorough topical coverage that meets the needs of users at the advanced high-school and college levels. It would also be a useful acquisition for larger public libraries.. Booklist
Recommended for high school, public, and college libraries.
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Earth Science is an eight-volume series that is available either in two-volume sets or as a single purchase. Buying the entire eight volumes entitles you to a significant reduction in the cost of each individual set. The total list price of the full series is reduced by $285.
Editor: Joe Spradley, David Kenneth Elliott,
Steven I. Dutch & Dr. Margaret Boorstein
May/October 2012 · 8 volumes
3,044 pages · 8"x10"
Librarians, students and general readers alike will turn to this reference work for both basic information and current developments, from plate tectonics through the latest discoveries on Mars, presented in easy-to-understand language with copious reference aids.
SCOPE AND COVERAGE
Earth Science, comprising 487 lengthy essays on basic topics in geology, geophysics, atmospheric sciences, oceanography, environmental science, paleontology and planetology, is designed to provide and introduction to our latest understanding of the Earth's physical features and dynamic processes , as well as those of the solar system in which it resides.
ORGANIZATION AND FORMAT
All of the essays begin with ready-reference top matter, including a summary statement in which the contributing author explains why the topic is important to the study of the Earth and its processes. A listing of principal terms and their definitions helps to orient the reader to the essay. The text itself is broken by informative subheadings that guide the readers to areas of particular interest. An annotated and updated bibliography close each essay referring the reader to external sources for further study that are of use to both students and non specialists. Finally, a lost of cross-references directs the reader to other essays in the five volumes that offer information on related topics.
FINDING AIDS AND SPECIAL FEATURES
At the end of every volume, several appendices are designed to assist in the retrieval of information. As mentioned above, the alphabetical list of contents lists all essays alphabetically by title, followed by page numbers. The categorized list of contents, more detailed than the general table of contents breaks the essays into useful categories to offer readers access to related essays.
The set also includes more than 300 illustrations - tables, charts, drawings, and photographs - that display basic principles, phenomena and geological features of our world and the solar system.