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Geology for dummies

Author: Alecia M Spooner
Publisher: Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, ©2011.
Series: --For dummies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Get a rock-solid grasp on geology ... Whether you're looking to supplement classroom learning or are simply interested in earth sciences, this guide gives you a straightforward introduction to the study of the earth, its materials, and its processes"--Page 4 of cover.
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alecia M Spooner
ISBN: 9781118021521 1118021525
OCLC Number: 697774571
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xx, 360 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Studying the earth --
Elements, minerals, and rocks --
One theory to explain it all : plate tectonics --
Superficially speaking : about surface processes --
Long, long ago in this galaxy right here --
The part of tens. Part 1: Studying the earth. --
1. Rocks for jocks (and everybody else) --
2. Observing earth through a scientific lens --
3. From here to eternity: the past, present, and future of geologic thought --
4. Home sweet home: planet earth --
Part 2: Elements, minerals, and rocks. --
5. It's elemental, my dear: a very basic chemistry of elements and compounds --
6. Minerals: the building blocks of rocks --
7. Recognizing rocks: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic types --
Part 3: One theory to explain it all : plate tectonics. --
8. Adding up the evidence for plate tectonics --
9. When crustal plates meet, it's all relative --
10. Who's driving this thing? Mantle convection and plate movement --
Part 4: Superficially speaking : about surface processes. --
11. Gravity takes its toll: mass wasting --
12. Water: above and below ground --
13. Flowing slowly toward the sea: glaciers --
14. Blowing in the wind: moving sediments without water --
15. Catch a wave: the evolution of shorelines --
Part 5: Long, long ago in this galaxy right here. --
16. Getting a grip on geologic time --
17. A record of life in the rocks --
18. Time before time began: the Precambrian --
19. Teeming with life: the Paleozoic era --
20. It should have been called Mesozoic Park: when dinosaurs dominated --
21. The Cenozoic era: mammals take over --
22. And then there were none: major extinction events in earth's history --
Part 6: The part of tens. --
23. Ten (plus) ways humans act as geologic agents --
24. Ten geologic hazards.
Series Title: --For dummies.
Responsibility: by Alecia M. Spooner.

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