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« Reply #9: May 10, 2010, 06:33:36 pm »

Let me first say that I am terrible at science. Really, really terrible. Science and I have never gotten along.

I am trying to build a scientifically plausible world for my multiple series of novels to take place on. The series span about 5,000 years of history and take place all over the world, so I need to understand ocean tides and earthquakes and weather patterns and such. I don't have a clue where to start.

So if you could recommend any books or websites that someone who knows nothing about science could understand that will help me, I would be eternally grateful. Thanks!!


Ironically, I would recommend Earth Science (textbook) by Edward J. Tarbuck. It's filled with all sorts of basic info on plate tectonics, different types of rocks, some oceanography, and they even found a way to throw in some astronomy. It's a book usually recommended for intro Earth Science classes, but from experience I can say it's readable. You can do a search for that on Amazon and it will show up on the first page, if not at the top.

I took an Earth Science class for the same reason as you started this thread (well, that and they made me take a science course anyway). Hopefully you'll end up enjoying this book (if you choose to check it out), but even if you read through it and don't like it, you'd still be able to take something worthwhile out of it.
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