Earth Sciences Books

Of course, Earth sciences looks at more than just “rocks.” Sure, geology is one of the main areas of interest in the field, but many other sub-disciplines comprise the field as a whole, as well. These include pretty much all of the physical sciences to the degree that they apply to Earth. The studies of oceans, climate, plants, animals, ecosystems, and more all have their place in this diverse field.

Earth Sciences Books - Earth's fault lines between tectonic plates

One Big Rock

In some ways, Earth science is a very self-explanatory term: it is of course the study of the Earth as a planet and as our home. But, it also holds some surprises. After all, the Earth is an extremely complicated place full of different environments and powered by incredible processes. And the average person is likely to never witness many of these processes in their lifetime.

Given the  size of the field of Earth Science, someone new to it might be unsure where to start. We’re here to help you get a foothold in this topic that spans such a huge swath of academic fields and professional applications. And literally anyone can do it. Even small children can be introduced to this subject through fun experiment guides and hands-on exploration in the outdoors. Taking field trips to natural areas is an easy way to build interest in the field for pretty much everyone.

For children, materials will focus on these simple ideas and explaining the basics of Earth Science. This usually means starting with the basic structure of the Earth, how big events like earthquakes and volcano eruptions work, and even some solar system topics like Earth’s place in the system and how the moon and sun interact with the it.

A World of Possibilities

Slightly more advanced topics in Earth science start getting into the study of cycles that show how complex systems work as well as how they interact with each other. For example, the food chain, carbon cycle, water cycle are all important parts of the balance on Earth. Each of them has many intricacies in and of themselves, and then each interacts with others to create the whole.

Understanding all of these basics then leads to the ability to understand how they affect living things on the planet. We especially want to know how they affect humans. This is why the past few decades have seen an increase in the focus on environmental issues. Campaigns like the “reduce, reuse, recycle” slogan taught to kids have created movements of environmentally conscious people.

These people are now looking to improve the way we interact with the planet and its resources. Thus, environmental issues and renewable energy sources are hot topics today, making up a huge part of Earth science. But there are also many more topics to explore in-depth at higher levels. We know a lot about the Earth, but there are still many mysteries for Earth science to solve, and problems for it to address.

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