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ZOOM The Wonders of
Rocks and Minerals
$39.95 (Win98/2K/Me/XP/Mac) (Retail) (ROCKS&MDR)

TASA Graphic Arts, Inc.

Reference / Science

Grades 3 through 12

Written by Edward J. Tarbuck, Frederick K. Lutgens of Illinois Central College and Edward Greaney of Hunterdon Central Regional High School

Earth's crust is the source of a wide variety of minerals and rocks that are essential to people. In addition, many basic geologic processes depend in some way on the properties of minerals and rocks. Events such as volcanic eruptions, mountain building, weathering, and even earthquakes involve minerals and rocks.

The Wonders of Rocks and Minerals explores the world of geology in an exciting and highly interactive way. What are minerals and how are they different from rocks? What are the three groups of rocks and the geological processes involved in the formation of each? You will learn to identify and name minerals and rocks, just like a geologist does on a field trip. You will be amazed by the information rocks contain about our planet and how it is constantly changing.

Contents:

Minerals
How are Minerals and Rocks Different? · Important Mineral Properties · How to Identify Minerals · A Mineral Identification Key · Important Mineral Groups · Reviewing Minerals · Basic Facts About Common Minerals

The Rock Cycle

Igneous Rocks
How Igneous Rocks Form · Textures of Igneous Rocks · Minerals in Igneous Rocks · Naming Igneous Rocks

Sedimentary Rocks
How Sedimentary Rocks Form · Conglomerate, Sandstone, and Shale · Limestone, Chert, and Other Chemical Sedimentary Rocks · Reviewing Sedimentary Rocks · Interpreting Past Environments

Metamorphic Rocks
Metamorphic Rocks are Changed Rocks · What Causes Metamorphism? · How Metamorphic Rocks are Different · Common Metamorphic Rocks

The Rock Review Challenge

Glossary

Requirements:

WWindows 98/2K/Me/XP: IBM compatible 486 or better, SVGA (8-bit, 256 colors in 640x480), double speed CD-ROM drive, 4MB RAM (8MB or more suggested), Windows compatible sound card.

Macintosh: 25 MHz 68030 or better Macintosh with 256 graphics, 13" or larger display (640x480 or higher), double speed CD-ROM drive, 5MB of free RAM memory, System 7 or newer.

Reviews:

MacWorld:

"Rock-solid earth science lessons. Virtual hands-on lessons - animations, rotatable 3-D models of atoms and crystals, and an interactive lab - make it fun to review the various concepts. You learn to determine a rock's luster, hardness, and specific gravity - all the clues good rock hounds need to start identifying mystery rocks in their own backyard."



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