Geology (Collins Internet-Linked Dictionary of) (Collins Dictionary of)

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9780007232260: Geology (Collins Internet-Linked Dictionary of) (Collins Dictionary of)

This is an essential guide to geology and the earth sciences for both students and the general reader, now with the addition of details of useful websites to help you take the subject further.

This edition of the Collins Dictionary of Geology is a fully comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary of geology, encompassing all the major areas of study in over 4500 entries, making current terminology accessible for the general reader while retaining the breadth and depth of explanation required by students of geology.

• Comprehensive coverage of geology, including palaeontology, geomorphology, sedimentology, mineralogy and geophysics.

• Consideration of the practical and economic aspects of geology.

• Extended features explaining key topics such as dating methods, fault, igneous rock and seafloor spreading, enabling these key concepts to be put into context.

• Internet links help you explore the subject further.

• Examples of geological phenomena from throughout the world.

• Includes helpful line drawings and diagrams.

The book has been prepared by authors with a wealth of practical teaching experience with students and in adult education, making the text accessible both for students studying geology, earth sciences and geography and also for the may enthusiastic amateur geologists.

Sample entries

Jurassic – the period of geological time extending from 210 to 140 million years ago, occupying the middle portion of the Mesozoic Era between the Triassic and Cretaceous periods. Its name refers to the chalk sequence in the rock strata of the Swiss-French Jura Mountains.

Pele’s tears – cylindrical, spherical, or pear-shaped drops of glassy basaltic lava from 6 to 13 mm long, named after the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes and fire.

Summit accordance – the equal or nearly equal elevation of mountain summits or hilltops over a certain region.

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For all those with an interest in geology – academic or lay – this readable dictionary will be indispensable. The paperback format is ideal for flicking through. It should be on the shelf of any budding geologist or of any academic library serving a clientele with any interest in the subject.

Reference Reviews 2003, Vol. 17, Issue 8

From the Back Cover:

This new edition of the essential guide to geology is designed to make current terminology accessible to the general reader while giving the coverage and detail needed by the university student.

• Encompasses all the major areas of study, including practical and economic applications, in over 4,500 entries
• Extensive, essay-style entries on topics such as dating methods, extinction and the Milankovitch hypothesis
• Includes many informative line drawings and diagrams
• Examples of geological phenomena from throughout the world

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MacDonald, J.; Burton, C.; Winstanley, I.; Lapidus, Dorothy Farris
Published by Harper Collins Reference
ISBN 10: 0007232268 ISBN 13: 9780007232260
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