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Earth Science: Geology, the Environment, and the Universe Ц Interactive Student Edition (2008)


"Earth Science: Geology, the Environment, and the Universe" provides comprehensive coverage of concepts, and is designed to be universally accessible to a broad range of learners. To aid comprehension, the conceptual presentation is organized around Themes, Big Ideas, and Main Ideas in earth science. Themes are overarching concepts used throughout the book that help students make connections between various topics and concepts; Big Ideas found in the Unit Opener summarize each chapter and help students focus on topics that relate to the Themes; Big Ideas are broken down into Main Ideas at section level to draw students' attention to more specific details. Students will be able to see and understand how earth science relates to the world they live in.


- Strong support for reading comprehension makes earth science accessible.
- Development of strong inquiry skills allows students to really think like scientists.
- An abundance of differentiated resources addresses diverse needs.

Student Guide
Reading for Information

Unit 1: Earth Science
Chapter 1: The Nature of Science
Chapter 2: Mapping Our World

Unit 2: Composition of Earth
Chapter 3: Matter and Change
Chapter 4: Minerals
Chapter 5: Igneous Rocks
Chapter 6: Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rocks

Unit 3: Surface Processes on Earth
Chapter 7: Weathering, Erosion, and Soil
Chapter 8: Mass Movements, Wind, and Glaciers
Chapter 9: Surface Water
Chapter 10: Groundwater

Unit 4: The Atmosphere and the Oceans
Chapter 11: Atmosphere
Chapter 12: Meteorology
Chapter 13: The Nature of Storms
Chapter 14: Climate
Chapter 15: Earth's Oceans
Chapter 16: The Marine Environment

Unit 5: The Dynamic Earth
Chapter 17: Plate Tectonics
Chapter 18: Volcanism
Chapter 19: Earthquakes
Chapter 20: Mountain Building

Unit 6: Geologic Time
Chapter 21: Fossils and the Rock Record
Chapter 22: The Precambrian Earth
Chapter 23: The Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic Eras

Unit 7: Resources and the Environment
Chapter 24: Earth Resources
Chapter 25: Energy Resources
Chapter 26: Human Impact on Resources

Unit 8: Beyond Earth
Chapter 27: The Sun-Moon-Earth System
Chapter 28: Our Solar System
Chapter 29: Stars
Chapter 30: Galaxies and the Universe

National Geographic Expeditions
Skillbuilder Handbook
- Problem-Solving Skills
- Make Comparisons
- Analyze Information
- Synthesize Information
- Take Notes and Outline
- Understand Cause and Effect
- Read a Time Line
- Analyze Media Sources
- Use Graphic Organizers
- Debate Skills
Math Skills
Reference Handbook
- Safety in the Laboratory
- Physiographic Map of Earth
- Topographic Symbols
- Weather Map Symbols
- Periodic Table of the Elements
- Relative Humidity
- Minerals
- Rocks
- Solar System Charts
English/Spanish Glossary

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