Field Guide to Geology

ISBN-10: 0816065101
ISBN-13: 9780816065103
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Facts On File, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

The Field Guide to Geology, New Edition features clear graphics and simple field-guide procedures to guide hikers through the great outdoors. This new edition features 200 new, two-color illustrations (more than 750 in all); updated graphs and tables; and two new chapters.

Chapter 1: Sizing Up Earth
Introduction
Earth in space
How everything began
Birth of the solar system
Our layered planet
Earth's size and shape
Energy and Earth
Earth as a magnet
Chapter 2: The Restless Crust
Introduction
Earth's changing surface
The ocean floor
Oceanic crust
Seafloor spreading
How seafloor disappears
The continental crust
Clues to continental drift
How continents evolve
Mountain building
Rocks recycled
Chapter 3: Fiery Rocks
Introduction
Rocks from magma
Fiery rocks formed underground
Volcanic rocks
Anatomy of a volcano
Volcanic landforms
Volcanic products
Hot water, gas, and mud
Fiery rocks of other worlds
Chapter 4: Rocks From Scraps
Introduction
Rocks from sediments
Rocks from chemicals
Rocks from living things
Chapter 5: Deformed and Altered Rocks
Introduction
Rising and sinking rocks
Tilting and folding rocks
Breaking rocks: joints and faults
Earthquakes
Bombs from space
Chapter 6: Crumbling Rocks
Introduction
Soil from rock
Types of soil
Mass movement
Slopes
Chapter 7: How Rivers Shape the Land
Introduction
Running water
Water comes and goes
Where rivers shed their loads
Rivers revived
Rivers underground
Drainage patterns
Plateaus and ridges
How lakes form
Vanishing lakes
Chapter 8: The Work of the Sea
Introduction
The sea in action
Sea attacks the land
Drowned coastlines
How sea builds land
Shores risen from the sea
Where coral grows
Chapter 9: The Work of Ice and Air
Introduction
Glaciers and ice sheets
How ice attacks the land
Around an ice sheet's rim
Wind the eroder
Windblown deposits
Lands shaped by wind and water
Chapter 10: Change Through the Ages
Introduction
Relative dating: using rocks
Clocks in rocks
The geological column
Early times
The Age of Former Life
Chapter 11: The Last 543 Million Years
Introduction
The Age of Visible Life
Cambrian period
Ordovician period
Silurian period
Devonian period
Carboniferous period
Permian period
Triassic period
Jurassic period
Cretaceous period
Paleogene period
Neogene period
Quaternary period
Tomorrow's world
Chapter 12: Rocks and Man
Introduction
Mapping rocks
Finding minerals and fossils
Extracting and displaying finds
Useful minerals
Gemstones
Oil and gas
Geological prospecting
Mining
Working with rocks
Man-made rocks
Chapter 13: Monitoring Earth
Introduction
Landsat
Global positioning system
Mapping the surface
Ice cover
Volcanoes
Earth's gravity field
Earth's magnetic field
Faults and earthquakes
Seismic monitoring
Satellite laser ranging
Prospecting
Ocean surface topography
Seafloor profiling
Ocean flow
The Ring of Fire
Acoustic monitoring
Submersibles
Monitoring the atmosphere
Ozone mapping
Future developments
Chapter 14: Who and Where?
Introduction
Index

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