Earth and Environmental Science: The HSC Course

Earth and Environmental Science: The HSC Course

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This comprehensive and exciting new text covers all of the syllabus requirements of the NSW Board of Studies HSC course in Earth and Environmental Science. Featuring global, Australian and NSW contexts it provides extensive coverage of core and elective topics and contains up-to-date information with special attention given to providing material for those areas of the syllabus that teachers have found difficult to resource. Also it gives clear sets of outcomes for each section of the text and includes numerous exercises and practical activities with a range of difficulty to address the needs of all students. Students will develop an appreciation of natural phenomena and human interactions with the natural world.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 402 pages
  • 211 x 280 x 21mm | 981g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises; 35 Tables, unspecified; 15 Maps; 150 Halftones, unspecified; 140 Line drawings, unspecified
  • 0521016630
  • 9780521016636
  • 331,104

Table of contents

Introduction; Acknowledgements; Part I. Tectonic Impacts: 1. Tectonic plates; 2. Mountain building; 3. How continents evolve; 4. Natural disasters and tectonics; 5. Climate and tectonics; Part II. Environments through Time: 6. The ages of the Earth; 7. Fossils and evolution; 8. Important events of the Archaen and Early Proterozoic; 9. Important events of the Late Proterozoic and Phanerozoic; 10. Life moves into the terrestrial environment; 11. Decimation and regeneration of the Earth's life; Part III. Caring for the Country: 12. Weathering and erosion of Australia's land surfaces; 13. Salinity of soils and water; 14. Pesticides - effects and alternatives; 15. Maintaining and protecting surface water; 16. The impact of the industrial revolution on the atmosphere and hydrosphere; 17. Waste management and mine-site rehabilitation; Part IV. Introduced Species and the Australian Environment: 18. Survey of introduced species in Australia; 19. Environmental impacts of introduced species; 20. Introduced species case studies; 21. Rehabilitating ecosystems damaged by introduced species; 22. Modern quarantine methods; Part V. Organic Geology - A Non-Renewable Resource: 23. The properties of fossil fuels; 24. Environments and processes of fossil fuel formation; 25. Exploration methods for coal and oil; 26. The processing and uses of fossil fuels; 27. The effects of fossil fuels on the environment; 28. The search for alternative sources of energy; Part VI. Mining and the Australian Environment: 29. Why mineral deposits are not all ore deposits; 30. Mineral exploration; 31. From discovery to export, 6.4 Mining society and the law; 32. Mining and the environment; Part VII. Oceanography: 33. Collecting data about the oceans; 34. The world's oceans; 35. Mass motion of the oceans; 36. Life in the oceans; 37. Hydrothermal vents and their communities; 38. Deep-sea sediments; Resources; Index.
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About Tom Hubble

Tom Hubble has taught introductory geology as well as specialist engineering and environmental geology courses to science and civil engineering students at the University of Sydney since 1988. He has been an examiner, marker and curriculum developer for the HSC. Chris Huxley has had wide experience in teaching all branches of science at the senior level. He is currently Head of Science at Blue Mountains Grammar, and has been an examiner, marker and curriculum designer. Iain Imlay-Gillespie has taught science and environmental science at all levels in NSW and overseas and is currently head of science at Nagle College, Blacktown. He has extensive experience as an examiner, marker and curriculum developer.
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