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Rocks and Minerals

Get the Dirt on Geology

Chris Eboch Alexis Cornell

128 pages
Nomad Press Llc

A fun and informative introduction to the earth science happening beneath our feet, packed with hands-on science experiments and STEM research projects that help readers ages 12 to 15 discover the amazing world of geology!

Did you know that minerals were necessary for the beginning of life? Or that geothermal power could provide all the energy the world needs? Planet Earth is our home, but 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.

• Make career connections and learn all that geologists do, including help communities find water and plan how to use it, find the safest places to construct buildings and roads, help oil and gas companies find resources to keep our homes and schools powered, help the environment by investigating climate change in the past, predicting the future, and exploring ways to trap poisonous carbon deep underground.

• Middle schoolers dive deep into earth science with a discussion of plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and erosion, while exploring the earth as an energy resource and looking ahead toward what the future might bring in terms of the planet.

• Science-minded STEM activities such as constructing a model turbine, making a geologic timescale with a roll of toilet paper, and comparing energy sources encourage young readers to think like geologists, while critical thinking exercises, essential questions related to geology, fascinating facts, links to online resources, and brief sidebars encourage readers to explore their incredible planet.

About the Inquire & Investigate Earth Science set and Nomad Press

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.

Nomad Press books in the Inquire & Investigate series integrate content with participation, encouraging readers to engage in student-directed learning. Combining content with inquiry-based projects stimulates learning and makes it active and alive. Nomad’s unique approach simultaneously grounds kids in factual knowledge while allowing them the space to be curious, creative, and critical thinkers.

All books are leveled for Guided Reading level and Lexile and align with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. All titles are available in paperback, hardcover, and ebook formats.

Author Bio

Chris Eboch is the author of more than 60 books for children, including nonfiction and fiction, early reader through teen. Recent nonfiction titles, published under the name M. M. Eboch, include Mechanical Engineering in the Real World, World War I Battlefield Medicine, Transportation Technology, Geothermal Energy and Wind Energy. Chris has her M.A. in Professional Writing and Publishing from Emerson College. She lives in New Mexico with her husband and their ferrets.

Alexis Cornell is a graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies. Alexis has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Big Data: Information in the Digital World with Science Activities for Kids, Artificial Intelligence: Thinking Machines and Smart Robots with Science Activities for Kids, Feminism: The March Toward Equal Rights for Women, and Gender Identity: Beyond Pronouns and Bathrooms. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.