Understand Geology: A Teach Yourself Guide

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October 18, 2010


Paperback, 288 pages


0071747699 / 9780071747691


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Main description

Whether you are interested in fossils, the evolution of the Earth or where your oil comes from, this book uncovers all

Understand Geology is a fascinating guide to the nature and history of the Earth. Whether you want to find out why volcanoes and earthquakes happen, where fossils and minerals come from or how the Earth has evolved into its present form, this book will give you straightforward explanations. Packed with helpful photographs and diagrams and with a glossary of specialist terms it is ideal whether you a student on a course or simply want to know more about the planet that you live on! Also included:

  • Updated information on recent eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis
  • Tthe effects of climate change
  • The latest research on the geology of other planets
  • One and five-minute introductions to key principles to get you started
  • Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author’s many years of experience
  • Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress
  • Extra online articles at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of the basics of geology

Topics include: A mighty matter of legend, The solid Earth, Earthquakes, Plate tectonics, Volcanoes, Igneous intrusions, Metamorphism, Erosion and transport, Deposition of sedimentary rocks, Deformation of rocks, Physical resources, Past life and fossils, A short history of the Earth, Geology on other planets, Going into the field

Table of contents

01 Introduction: a mighty matter of legend / 02 The solid Earth / 03 Earthquakes / 04 Plate tectonics / 05 Volcanoes / 06 Igneous intrusions / 07 Metamorphism / 08 Erosion and transport / 09 Deposition of sedimentary rocks / 10 Deformation of rocks / 11 Physical resources / 12 Past life and fossils / 13 A short history of the Earth / 14 Geology on other planets / 15 Going into the field / Appendix 1: minerals / Appendix 2: rock names / Appendix 3: geologic time / Glossary / Taking it further / Index

Author comments

David Rothery is a volcanologist, geologist, planetary scientist and Senior Lecturer at the Open University. His international collaborative research on active volcanoes has taken him to places as diverse as Hawaii, the Americas, Indonesia and Italy.

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