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"... a field guide to more than 130 of the most common and sought-after rocks, gems, and minerals hidden throughout the Rocky Mountain states"--From publisher description.

For parents and children to read together, this book sets the record straight on nature myths once and for all by breaking down 144 everyday nature myths, identifying how true the myth really is. Offers readers the chance to do some science experiments to bust a few myths on their own.

Presents a collection of nature and science essays published in American periodicals in 2013, including works by such authors as Katherine Bagley, Barbara Kingsolver, Fred Pearce, and Carl Zimmer.

Ms. Holland uncovers and celebrates yet another side of animals that we often think belongs primarily to peopleâ??heroism, that indefinable quality of going above and beyond, often for altruistic reasons, often at great personal risk. These 37 inspiring true tales show animals whose quick acts have saved lives, like the pod of dolphins who protected swimmers in New Zealand from a great white shark by forming a screen around them.

With eye-catching artwork, step-by-step diagrams, and illustrations that break down complicated ideas into manageable concepts, The Science Book will have readers conversant in genetic engineering, black holes, and global warming in no time. Includes mini-biographies of the most well-known scientists and a glossary of helpful scientific terms.

"Engineering professor Barbara Oakley knows firsthand how it feels to struggle with math. She flunked her way through high school math and science courses, but when she saw how her lack of mathematical and technical savvy was severely limiting her options post-graduation, she returned to college newly-determined to retool her brain to master the very subjects that had given her so much trouble. Here she lets us in on the secrets to effectively learning math and science based on insights from neuroscience and cognitive psychology"--From publisher description.

From the host of the History channel?s Brad Meltzer?s Decoded: the laws of the universe like you?ve never experienced them before. This approachable book explains the world of physics with clarity, humor, and a dash of adventure. Physics for Rock Stars is not a weighty treatise on science, but a personal tour of physics from a quirky friend. Anyone who?s ever wondered why nature abhors a vacuum, what causes magnetic attraction, or how to jump off a moving train or do a perfect stage dive will find answers and a few laughs too. No equations, numbers, or tricky concepts?just an inspiring and comical romp through the basics of physics and the beauty of the organized universe.

Introducing a world of wild, wonderful, and weird plants, this combination of biological information with bizarre facts about the plant kingdom's oddest members is organized alphabetically and features more than 150 illustrations.

"White and red sandstones, green shales, and pink granites are hard to appreciate in black and white. Two-color maps cannot do justice to the many patterns in the bedrock geology. A state with places like the Painted Wall, the Florissant Fossil Beds, and the Maroon Bells deserves a color edition. That is why Mountain Press teamed up with authors Felicie Williams and Halka Chronic to produce a color edition of Roadside Geology of Colorado. The updated text includes information about new discoveries, such as the mammoth fossils at Snowmass."--Provided by publisher.