Acknowledgments vii

Introduction viii

Entries Categorized by National Science Education Standards for Content (Grades 9-12) x

Entries A-Z xv

Feature Essays:

"Beauty and the Beach: Rethinking Coastal Living" 88

"Diamonds Are Forever" 178

"Drying of the American Southwest" 202

"Love Canal Is Not for Honeymooners" 254

"Liquefaction and Levees: Potential Double Disaster in the

American Midwest" 321

"Do Bay of Bengal Cyclones Have to Be So Deadly?" 407

"The Search for Extraterrestrial Life" 492

"The Sky Is on Fire" 544

"The Large Hadron Collider" 604

"Renewable Energy Options for the Future" 622

"Predicting Future Earthquakes in the Western United States" 681

"Tsunami Nightmare" 774


I. Chronology 817

II. Glossary 827

III. Further Resources 856

IV. Geologic Timescale 863

V. Periodic Table of the Elements 864

VI. si units and Derived Quantities 866

VII. Multipliers and Dividers for use with si units 867 Viii. Astronomical Data 868 iX. Abbreviations and symbols for Physical units 869 X. The Greek Alphabet 870 Xi. Common Conversions within the metric system 871 Xii. Common Conversions from u.s. Customary to metric unit Values 872 Xiii. Temperature Conversions 873

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