Say goodbye to dry presentations, grueling formulas, and abstract theories that would put Einstein to sleep -- now there's an easier way to master the disciplines you really need to know.
McGraw-Hill's Demystified Series teaches complex subjects in a unique, easy-to-absorb manner, and is perfect for users without formal training or unlimited time. They're also the most time-efficient, interestingly written "brush-ups" you can find.
Organized as self-teaching guides, they come complete with key points, background information, questions at the end of each chapter, and even final exams. You'll be able to learn more in less time, evaluate your areas of strength and weakness and reinforce your knowledge and confidence.
Earth Science has never been easier to understand. Coverage includes: rocks and minerals, strata, fossils, volcanos, earthquakes, glaciers, wind and erosion, oceans, type of rock, atmosphere, carbon and calcium, the hydrologic cycle, and more.
Table of contents
PART ONE: EARTH
Chapter 1: Planet Earth
Chapter 2: Geological Time
Chapter 3: On the Inside
Chapter 4: Plate Tectonics
Chapter 5: Strata and Land Eras
Part One Test
PART TWO: MINERALS AND ROCKS
Chapter 6: Igneous Rock
Chapter 7: Sedimentary Rock
Chapter 8: Metamorphic Rock
Chapter 9: Minerals and Gems
Chapter 10: Fossils
Part Two Test
PART THREE: SURFACE NEWS
Chapter 11: Volcanoes
Chapter 12: Earthquakes
Chapter 13: Oceans
Chapter 14: Atmosphere
Chapter 15: Weathering and Topography
Part Three Test
Chapter Quiz Answers
Part Test Answers
Final Exam Answers
Appendix I: Conversion Factors
Appendix II: Crystals
About the Author
Linda Williams is a writer in the fields of science and medicine. She has worked as a technical writer and chief scientist at NASA and McDonnell Douglas, and currently works at Rice University. She has served as a science speaker for a number of years. Ms. Williams is the author of the popular Chemistry Demystified, another volume in this series.
Back cover copy
THE ROAD LESS ROCKY TO EARTH SCIENCE MASTERY
Now anyone with an interest in earth science can master it -- without formal training, unlimited time, or a genius IQ. In Earth Science Demystified, scientist and writer Linda Williams provides an effective, anxiety-soothing, and painless way to learn or review earth science fundamentals.
With Earth Science Demystified, you master the subject one step at a time at your own speed. This unique self-teaching guide offers quizzes at the end of each chapter and section to pinpoint weaknesses, and a 100-question final exam to reinforce the knowledge gained from reading the entire book.
Here's everything you need to:
* Understand the geological history of the Earth
* Recognize different types of rock and learn how they were formed
* Find out how geologists date the Earth and fossils
* Learn what causes earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, tornadoes, and hurricanes
* Discover how hot spots, deep ocean ridges, and plate tectonics shape the oceans and land masses
* Take a "final exam" and grade it yourself!
Simple enough for beginners but substantial enough for advanced students, Earth Science Demystified is your direct route to learning or brushing up on this fascinating subject.