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Detailed Book Description
Did you know that minerals were necessary for the beginning of life? Or that geothermal power could provide all the energy the world needs? How much do you really know about the world beneath your feet?
Rocks and Minerals: Get the Dirt on Geology offers a glimpse under the surface of the earth and explores the forces that have shaped—and continue to shape—our world. Readers ages 12 to 15 learn how the earth transformed from a ball of dust and gases to the planet we know today. And they see how the earth continues to change through plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and even wind and water!
Science-minded STEM activities encourage young readers to think like geologists, while critical thinking exercises, essential questions related to geology, fascinating facts, links to online resources, and more encourage readers to explore their incredible planet.
Rocks and Minerals is part of a set of three Inquire & Investigate Earth Science books that explore the earth, the atmosphere, and everything in between. The other titles in this series are The Science of Natural Disasters: When Nature and Humans Collide and The Science of Weather and Climate:Rain, Sleet, and the Rising Tide.
Try these hands-on geology projects!
- Map your school or neighborhood
- Build models of earthquakes and tsunamis
- Go rock hounding or geo-caching
- Construct a model turbine
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: Understanding the Earth
Look for different types of rock where you live
Make a geologic timescale with a roll of toilet paper.
Chapter One: Earth on the Move: Plate Tectonics
Show types of faults with tortillas and sunflower seed butter.
Chapter Two: Earthquakes Shake Us Up
Study the USGS
Chapter Three: Volcanoes Ooze, Sputter, and Blow
Make Your Own Paper Model of a Volcano
Chapter Four: The Power of Water and Air
Make a model tsunami
Chapter Five: Geologists at Work
Map the water cycle.
Design a water education poster.
Chapter Six: Using the Earth’s Energy
Compare energy sources
Construct a model turbine and see how variables affect it
Chapter Seven: The Future of Our Planet
Map your school using an aerial view
Chapter Eight: New Technology, Clearer Answers