CliffsQuickReview Earth Science (Cliffsquickreview) by Scott Ryan

By Scott Ryan

Your powerful instructional for gaining knowledge of Earth ScienceWhy CliffsQuickReview Guides?Go with the identify you recognize and trustGet the data you need--fast!Written by way of academics and academic specialistsAbout the contents:The Earth's constitution* Earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes* Oceans and contours of the sea ground* Earth's layers* Plate tectonics, scorching spots and pole* panorama formationreversal styles* Rocks and minerals; rock and fossil datingClimate* surroundings, storms, and forecasting* Water and weather* Insolation and the seasons* Weathering and brokers of erosionEnvironmental issues* Conservation* PollutionSpace* Comets, asteroids, and meteoroids* Motions of the earth, moon, and sunlight* Kepler's legislation of planetary movement* starting place of the universeReview and assets* Chapter-end quizzes* finished end-of-book quiz* word list of keywords* Appendix of topic-related assets and websitesWe take nice notes--and make studying a snap

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Therefore, the longer the cooling period is, the larger the crystals are. These rocks are called intrusive or plutonic rocks. They are named for Pluto, the Roman god of the underworld. Composition The composition of magma can vary from being felsic to being mafic. Felsic magmas are aluminum-based and are lighter in color. They also have a lower density. Mafic magmas are iron and/or magnesium based. These are darker in color and have higher densities. Other materials present also contribute to the color and density of the rock.

Qxd 22 4/5/06 5:39 PM Page 22 CliffsQuickReview Earth Science 4. Isolines on the map show elevations above sea level, measured in meters. What is the highest possible elevation represented on this map? 20 a. b. c. d. 39 m 41 m 49 m 51 m Answers: 1. a 2. c 3. b 4. qxd 4/5/06 5:38 PM Page 23 Chapter 4 MINERALS Chapter Checkin ❑ Understanding what minerals are and how they are made ❑ Identifying a mineral by its properties inerals are all around us and are made up of matter. Matter is anything that has mass and takes up space.

This could eventually lead to limestone caves forming underground. ■ Acid rain: Raindrops forming around molecules of SOx and NOx form acid rain. This dissolves carbonate-containing materials and lowers the pH of lakes. ■ Lichens: Acids from the growth of lichens on rocks help to chemi- cally break down rocks. Rates of Weathering The rate at which weathering occurs can be affected by several factors: ■ Climate: The temperature and amount of moisture of a region can increase the rate at which weathering occurs.

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