Interesting NSF e-book that explores the basic ideas behind current geology research. This science literacy effort is a great example of how the government can actually help the public's understanding of science. And at 13 pages, the public might even read it!
Earth Science Literacy Initiative explores 9 'Big Ideas" at core of current research
The new Earth Science Literacy Principles establish nine "Big Ideas" and 7-10 supporting concepts for each, which together cover the essential information that everyone should know about the Earth sciences. The resulting Earth Science Literacy framework will also become part of the foundation, along with similar documents from the ocean, atmosphere and climate communities, of a larger geoscience "Earth Systems Science" literacy effort.
The scope of the new ESLI Earth Science Literacy Principles spans a wide variety of research fields that are funded through the NSF-EAR program. These fields include geobiology and low-temperature geochemistry, geomorphology and land-use dynamics, geophysics, hydrologic sciences, petrology and geochemistry, sedimentary geology and paleobiology, and tectonics.
The project included a 2-week online workshop with over 350 participants and multiple revisions supervised by a dedicated organizing committee of a dozen Earth scientists and educators.