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The Facts On File Dictionary of Earth Science, Revised Edition
  • Authored by: Jacqueline Smith
  • From the Series: Science Dictionary
  • Trim Size: 6 X 9
  • ISBN-10: 0816060002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6000-9
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $55.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 06/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 550.3
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 400


The Facts On File Dictionary of Earth Science, Revised Edition provides students and general readers with informative definitions in accessible language. More than 3,700 updated and expanded, cross-referenced entries, more than 300 of which are new, cover all aspects of Earth science: geomorphology, stratigraphy, mineralogy, petrology, climatology, oceanography, paleontology, hydrology, geophysics, cartography, surveying, and soil science. Key concepts in physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics are also defined. Tables at the back of the book include Earth measurements, chemical elements, composition of seawater and the atmosphere, elements in the Earth's crust, meteorological symbols, glacial periods, and more.

Topics covered include:

  • Absorption
  • Earthquake intensity
  • Hydrology
  • Lava tube
  • Nutrients
  • Radiocarbon dating
  • Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
  • Weather station.


More than 120 black-and-white line illustrations, tables, and charts. Appendixes. Bibliography. Cross-references. Pronunciation symbols. Web sites.

About the Author(s)

Jacqueline Smith is a freelance writer who has contributed to The Macmillan Encyclopedia and to a number of specialist dictionaries on geography and Earth science. She is also the editor of The Facts On File Dictionary of Weather and Climate, Revised Edition.

Reviews and Awards

"...provides clear explanations of difficult concepts essential to the study of earth science..."
SciTech Book News

"...chock full of useful terms that any student of th[is] subject would be glad to have handy."
Christian Library Journal

"...the updates make th[is] more user-friendly edition useful for any secondary reference shelf. Recommended."
Library Media Connection

"...recommended for high school libraries, teachers and students."
American Reference Books Annual

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