ISBN-10:
0816042764
ISBN-13:
9780816042760
Pub. Date:
11/28/2000
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Making of the Earth: Geological Forces That Shape Our Planet

Making of the Earth: Geological Forces That Shape Our Planet

by Jon Erickson, Donald R. Coates

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ISBN-13: 9780816042760
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/28/2000
Series: Living Earth Series
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 7.63(w) x 9.52(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Tablesvii
Acknowledgmentsix
Forewordxi
Introductionxiii
1The Birth of Continents: The Formation of Continental Crust1
Continental Crust
Continental Shields
Stable Cratons
Exotic Terranes
Continental Rifts
2Tectonic Processes: The Shaping of the Planet25
Global Tectonics
Volcanoes As Builders
Earthquakes As Destroyers
Earth Movements - Erosion
Sedimentation
3Mountain Ranges: Landforms Created by Crustal Uplift45
Historic Mountain Ranges
Mountain Building
Folded Mountains
Crystalline Mountains
Fault-Block Mountains
4Volcanic Terrain: Landforms Created by Volcanism70
The Ring of Fire
Volcanic Structures
The World's Hot Spots
Volcanic Calderas
Crater Lakes
Fumaroles and Geysers
5River Courses: Landforms Created by Flowing Water94
River Basins
Stream Deposits
Drainage Patterns
Canyons and Valleys
Floodplains
Flood Effects
6Coastal Geography: Landforms Created by Wave Action120
Coastal Deposits
Sea Cliff Erosion
Beach Erosion
Wave Action
Coastal Subsidence
Coastal Inundation
Barrier Reefs
7Desert Features: Landforms Created by Blowing Sand141
Arid Regions
Desert Geography
Desertification
Dust Storms
Wind Erosion
Sand Dunes
Loess Deposits
8Arctic Geology: Landforms Created by Arctic Conditions162
Arctic Tundra
Permafrost
Polygonal Ground
Greenland and Iceland
The Antarctic
Ice Streams
9Glacial Landscapes: Landforms Created by Glaciers182
Glacial Erosion
Glaciated Valleys
Cirques and Aretes
Glacial Lakes and Kettles
Glacial Erratics
Tillites and Moraines
Drumlins and Eskers
Kames and Varves
10Unique Landforms: Landforms Created by Unusual Geologic Activity203
Stone Monuments
Monoliths
Columnar Jointing
Arches and Natural Bridges
Karst Terrain
Streambed Structures
The Strangest Volcanoes
Conclusion223
Glossary227
Bibliography238
Index245

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