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Geology for nongeologists

Author: Frank R Spellman
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Government Institutes, ©2009.
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"Geology for Nongeologists introduces basic concepts in geology: how rocks, minerals, and fossils are classified, how wind, ice, and water have shaped the earth, how mountains are formed, and how volcanoes, geysers, earthquakes, glaciers, and groundwater work to modify the physical structure of Earth. Primarily designed as an information source, and intended to be a non-technical survey for those with little  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Frank R Spellman
ISBN: 086587185X 9780865871854 1591919444 9781591919445 1283600935 9781283600934
OCLC Number: 860501040
Description: 1 online resource (x, 197 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction --
Minerals --
Igneous rocks and magma eruption --
Sedimentary rocks --
Metamorphism, metamorphic rocks, and deformation --
Weathering and soil formation --
Streams and groundwater systems --
Glaciation --
Wind erosion and mass wasting --
Oceans and their margins --
Lakes --
Earthquakes --
Plate tectonics --
Geologic time.
Responsibility: Frank R. Spellman.

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"Geology for Nongeologists introduces basic concepts in geology: how rocks, minerals, and fossils are classified, how wind, ice, and water have shaped the earth, how mountains are formed, and how volcanoes, geysers, earthquakes, glaciers, and groundwater work to modify the physical structure of Earth. Primarily designed as an information source, and intended to be a non-technical survey for those with little background in science, this book is presented in a reader-friendly style. Written in straightforward and accessible English, this book provides a broad look at a multidisciplinary field that incorporates aspects of biology, chemistry, physics, ecology, geography, meteorology, pedology, and many other areas of science. This book fills the gap between general introductory science texts and advanced environmental science books. Books on the subject are typically geared toward professionals in these fields. This makes undertaking a study of geology daunting to those without a specific background in science. However, this complexity also indicates geology's broad impact. Because geology so widely affects us, sometimes in profound ways, it is important to understand its basic concepts. This book presents information that everyone needs to know about geology and about how science and scientists work. The author uses illustrative problems in terms of commonly used geological parameters, and each chapter ends with a chapter review test. Readers discover a new appreciation for their surroundings and a broader outlook on their environment."--

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