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Introducing Geology: A Guide to the World of Rocks, 3rd edition

Product Code: MPBIG2
Series: Miscellaneous titles
Author/Editor: By Graham Park
Publication Date: 22 November 2018
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Published by Dunedin Academic Press. Distributed by GSL from March 2019.

Paperback, 164 x 193 mm, 160 pages

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. Graham Park’s introductory book has swiftly established itself as a key resource for those looking for a straightforward explanation of what geology tells 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. 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 of dinosaurs, and want to know more. It has proved an ideal primer for those considering the study of earth sciences more formally. 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: 9781780460758
Publisher: Dunedin Academic Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Weight: 0.4 kg


List of tables and illustrations. 
Sourced illustrations. 
Preface: A world of rock
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. 
Further Reading.


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