The geography of the earth

Susan Brooks

Book - 1996

Presents an overview of basic geology, explains how the earth was formed, and discusses geographical features of the continents.

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Published
New York : Oxford University Press [1996], c1991.
Language
English
Item Description
"Originally published by Horus Editions ... London"--T.p. verso.
Physical Description
64 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 29 cm
Bibliography
Includes index.
ISBN
0195212320
Main Author
Susan Brooks (-)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 6-9 This broad overview of Earth's geology and physical geography is a frustrating jumble. The pages are crammed full of colorful drawings and photographs, diagrams, blocks of text in different typefaces, and lengthy captions. A large illustration is usually placed in the center of each double-page spread and often details are lost in the gutter. The text uses technical vocabulary and the information that is conveyed is so sketchy that it could be misleading. Some statements, though correct, leave readers wishing for more and/or better descriptions. Each chapter begins with a physical map showing the various elevations, but it has no political labels to correspond with the places mentioned in the text. The three-page index is inconsistent in the type of material and terms included. Pass on this one. Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews

Review by Publisher Summary 1

More than two hundred full-color illustrations, relief maps, glossary, and informational sidebars provide an authoritative overview of the history and geography of the planet, covering the special features and characteristics of each continent and the complex workings of the physical world.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Provides an overview of the history and geography of the planet, covering the special features and characteristics of each continent and the complex workings of the physical world

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Presents an overview of basic geology, explains how the earth was formed, and discusses geographical features of the continents.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Welcome to the Earth! From the swirling Northern Lights of Alaska to Antarctica's desolate Wright Valley, our planet is one of fantastic landscapes and marvelous inhabitants. Susan Brooks looks at each continent and finds unusual and fascinating bits of history and geography that make thestudy of our physical world especially interesting to young readers. In concise and easy-to-understand sections, she explores how this planet works--the water cycle, rock cycle, forests, and life in the air, under the sea, and deep in the soil. She investigates subjects that young people wonder about--how the continents looked before they began to drift, or what thecenter of the earth looks like. As they turn the pages of this beautifully illustrated book, they'll be entertained and also begin to see the earth as an efficient and miraculous contraption that is constantly changing and restoring itself. Next, each continent in showcased. Basic information about the physical characteristics of each area are explained and special features are highlighted. For instance:North America: caribou in Canada, the march of the Monarch Butterfly, the Mississippi delta, waterspouts and earthquakesSouth America: condors in the Andes, the Galapagos Islands, the spider monkey, the three-toed sloth, the giant armadilloEurope: alpine glaciers and avalanches, the new volcanic island of Surtsey, the midnight sun, acid rain, and migrating salmonAsia: animals in danger, sand and dust storms ("Haboobs"), Gulf War pollution, Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, and Mount EverestOceania: Geysers of New Zealand, the Bungle Bungle Range, Boab trees, the Great Barrier Reef, the duck-billed platypus, dingos and koalasAfrica: "Mountains of the Moon", the Red Lake, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, diamonds in South Africa, the welwitschia plant, and lungfishAntarctica: Icebergs, humpbacked whale, the ozone hole, the valleys of Antarctica, and penguins The full-color illustrations, numerous sidebars, "Did you know?" boxes, a glossary, and an index all help to make this introduction to the landscapes and natural features of our home a useful and enjoyable reference for young people ages 8-12. By focusing on the unique qualities of each part of theworld, Susan Brooks brings her audience a fresh and entertaining view of the geography and history of the natural world.