This highly illustrated series examines, at introductory and general readership level, the world of geology. The volumes cover everything from the basic building blocks of geological study, fossils and minerals, to the complex workings of plate tectonics. This volume examines the causes and effects of natural cataclysms that befall the Earth. Each chapter deals with a specific type of event, including earthquakes, volcanoes, dust storms, glaciers and mass extinction.
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In the first chapter, Erickson reveals the physical mechanisms responsible for most geologic cataclysms. Dubbing them the "new geology," Erickson masterfully presents these mechanisms--plate movements and mantle convections--so as to intrigue the reader with them through accounts of earthquakes, volcanoes, and tidal waves in all corners of the world. Yet he also affords a generous sampling of more common cataclysms, including landslides, soil creep, mudflows, and wind-induced dust storms and their marine counterparts, submarine slides. Erickson reviews glaciation both past and present as well as the effects of foreign objects from space. Particularly striking is the concluding chapter's discussion of issues of cause and effect in accounting for extinctions. George HamptonFrom School Library Journal:
YA-A one-volume encyclopedia that provides succinct, factual descriptions of almost all aspects of the Earth's dynamic activity. Appropriate black-and-white photographs abound; clear line diagrams and maps illustrate subjects and occurrences that are difficult to visualize and are not easily found elsewhere. An excellent geological resource.
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Book Description Facts on File, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0816029490
Book Description Facts on File, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0816029490