The book is organized into 21 topical chapters, tracing the formation of the universe and the planet, investigating the layers of the Earth, and explaining the formation of mountains and bodies of water. Questions and answers are also devoted to volcanoes, fault lines, caves, fossil fuels, world morphological features, and even the geology of other planets. Entertaining and informative, Handy Geology combines vivid, clear writing with a great format. There?s also a helpful glossary and a resource section on educational places, government organizations, sources of geological supplies, and other references, including geo-magazines and web sites.
The Amateur Geologist says: "This became an instant favorite. Here's a book that you can pick up and learn geology at your pace. You don't have to be structured, just investigate what ever strikes your fancy. Need to just look up a quick question? This book works great for that too. At 491 pages and 2 and 1/4 pounds it's not a pocket or even a backpack book but it should still should be in your vehicle when you're in the field!"
Bare Bones Geology is a user-friendly book for those who desire some acquaintance with geology: not a technical overload, but a pleasurable introduction to how our Earth works and a bit about its extended past. The books is well illustrated with 56 black & white photographs and 8 drawings.
Twenty-three chapters arrange within three parts: Eyeballing Landscapes, Practical Geology : Coping With Geologic Hazards, and Geology to Stir the Brain. Two chapters in the last part are "Asking 'Dumb' Questions in Geology and Answers", and "Geological Puzzles : A Selection." The "Dumb" Questions chapter asks such questions as "Why are the oceans salty?" and "Did cave men ever slay a dinosaur?".
The author, Alan M. Cvancara, Ph.D, is a retired Professor Emeritus of Geology at the University of North Dakota and the author of A Field Manual for the Amateur Geologist
The Field Guide to Geology, Updated Edition tells the fascinating story of the Earth in a vivid, engaging fashion. Covering a variety of topics, the book includes information on how matter, stars, and the solar system evolved; how the Earth acquired its shape and surface; the structures of the Earth's crust; the major forms of igneous rock and the processes by which all rocks are created; the relationship between soil and rock erosion and the flow of rivers; and the effect of ice and wind on the Earth's surface
Featuring more than 500 two-color maps, charts, and other illustrations, comprehensive appendixes on geologists and their accomplishments, a worldwide listing of geologic displays, and a bibliography, the gook is a fine introduction for readers to understand the course of the Earth's evolution.
You'll spend hours studying this educational chart!! A Correlated History of Earth v8 is a full-color educational wallchart documenting 4.5 billion years of earth's natural history. Each column is a timeline from ancient times to recent. Included are plate tectonic maps, mountain building events (orogenies), major volcanic episodes, glacial epochs, all known craters from asteroid and comet impacts, over 100 classic fossil localities from around the world, fossil Ranges of plants, invertebrates and vertebrate lifeforms, and major extinction events as revealed by the fossil record. Also evident on this chart are the "cambrian" "explosion" of animal phyla and the juxtaposition of reptiles and mammals across the Cretaceous/Tertiary (K/T) boundary. Hundreds of illustrations add a striking visual dimension to the data.
New Version 8, Published 2013. Size 38"x 28"
24 specimens, 1 1/4", including six each of the following: rock-forming minerals, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Also includes a study guide.
ROCK AND ROCK-FORMING MINERALS
Minerals are naturally occurring chemical compounds or elements found in the earth's crust and are the building blocks of rocks. Rocks may contain only a single mineral, but usually they contain a mixture of many minerals.1. Quartz - Silicon dioxide, or quartz, is the most common mineral in the earth's crust.
Igneous rocks were once lava or magma, that is, a molten collection of minerals. The rate at which a lava or magma cools and solidifies influences rock texture, making it either fine, medium or coarse grained.7. Pumice - A light colored volcanic rock of rhyolitic composition; the texture results from bubbles formed by escaping gasses.
Metamorphic rocks are rocks that have been changed (metamorphosed), by heat, pressure, and/or hydrothermal solutions. All three rock types can be metamorphosed.13. Mica Schist - This rock is a highly metamorphosed shale. All schists exhibit shistose structure; the generally parallel alignment of micaceous minerals.
Clastic sedimentary rocks are formed from layers of sediment (fragments of older, weathered rock) exposed to pressure. Other sedimentary rocks are of organic or chemical origin.19. Sandstone - Quartz grains cemented together by silica, calcite or other cementing minerals make up this clastic, sedimentary rock.
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