By studying rocks, we can reconstruct the history of the earth. Even the most insignificant rocks can tell stories about other times because rocks have been around since the beginning of the universe. They provide clues about previous geological events and about what the earth's surface was like in the past. In addition, nearly all the modern products that surround us have elements provided by rocks and minerals, including aluminum cans, copper cables, and titanium spaceships. In this lavishly illustrated volume loaded with timelines, infographics, and diagrams, readers will find invaluable information about the language of rocks and will learn to identify the most important minerals, know their physical and chemical properties, and discover the environments in which they form.
Focusing on the North American continent, this book, the first of its kind, identifies and describes major field guides in all scientific subject areas (from plants, animals, and insects to astronomy and weather, geology and fossils, and man-made objects). Organized by topic, it offers complete bibliographic information and descriptions of more than 1,300 field guides.
Publisher: National Geographic Soc Childrens books
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
1) THE WHOLE NATURAL WORLD is in the pages of these incredible pocket references - topics range from animals to weather to wildflowers. 2) ONLY FIELD GUIDES NOW SOLD IN THE TRADE MARKET FOR AGES 6-10. National Geographic Pocket Guides are younger and more user-friendly than Audubon's or Peterson's. 3) REVIEWED BY EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANTS and carefully researched to meet National Geographic's high standards for accuracy. 4) PHOTOGRAPHS AND ILLUSTRATIONS work together to give a full portrait of each entry in its natural habitat. 5) RANGE MAPS SHOW THE DISTRIBUTION throughout North America or the world 6) FIELD NOTES give fast answers and fascinating tidbits. 7) A NEW SERIES FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Pocket Guides will release in sets of four per season. 8) HANDY POCKET SIZE AND STURDY COVERS MAKE THESE GUIDES PERFECT FOR FIELD USE. 9) A RULER ON A SPECIAL BACK FLAP is a convenient tool when measuring specimens. A GLOSSARY, INDEX, and HOW-TO-USE section make for easy reference. 10) A backmatter section for notes and sketches is perfect for in the field observations.National Geographic My First Pocket Guides cover a wide range of topics, from animals to constellations, from weather to ecosystems. ROCKS & MINERALS are fascinating to kids - and since they're all around, they're easy to observe and collect. Each Pocket Guide has approximately 40 entries on the topic, each occupying a spread of the book. Stunning photographs make identification of specimens easy. Beautiful artwork shows the animal or plant, etc. in its own environment, and a separate line drawing offers a sketching guide for budding naturalists. Range maps show distribution; bulleted facts offer information about size, color, diet, habitat, etc.; and field notes give additional fun facts and insights. Each spread is packed with information and is lively, colorful, and appealing. An introduction pulls it all together, and a how to use this book section points out all features for ease of use.