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Introducing Geology: A Guide to the World of Rocks, 2nd edition

Product Code: MPBIG
Series: Miscellaneous titles
Author/Editor: By Graham Park
Publication Date: 12 April 2010
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Published by Dunedin Academic Press. Distributed by GSL from August 2014.

Paperback, 144 pages, 195 x 165mm

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Our world is made of rock. Although much of the Earth's surface is covered by vegetation, concrete or water, if one digs down far enough solid rock will always be found. Those who live in a landscape where rock outcrops are obvious will have wondered about the kind of rocks they are looking at and how they came to be where they are now.

This introductory book explains in simple terms what geology can tell us about the world. Many objects of great beauty and which excite our curiosity, such as crystals or fossils, are to be found by examining rocks. Those searching for and examining such objects gain much more by knowing how and when they originated. In particular fossils, whilst interesting in themselves, tell us from their context in geological time of biological evolution and these clues give an insight into the origins of life on earth.

Copiously illustrated this book is intended for those whose interest in geology has been awakened, perhaps by media coverage of earthquakes or dinosaurs and want to know more. Technical terms are kept to a minimum and are explained in a glossary.

See the GeoGifts page for other "Introducing" titles. 

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9781906716219
Publisher: Dunedin Academic Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Weight: 0.38 kg


1. Crystals, minerals and gemstones

2. Volcanoes and melted rock

3. Shaping the land

4. Mud, sand and other deposits

5. Moving continents and making mountains

6. Earthquakes and faults

7. Squeezing and stretching - rock deformation

8. Geological time and the age of the Earth

9. Fossils - a history of life

10. Turning the pages - Earth history

11. Geology and industry Glossary


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