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Geology For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-03677-8
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384 pages
July 2011
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Introduction.

Part I: Studying the Earth.

Chapter 1: Rocks for Jocks (and Everybody Else).

Chapter 2: Observing Earth through a Scientifi c Lens.

Chapter 3: From Here to Eternity: The Past, Present, and Future of Geologic Thought.

Chapter 4: Home Sweet Home: Planet Earth.

Part II: Elements, Minerals, and Rocks.

Chapter 5: It’s Elemental, My Dear: A Very Basic Chemistry of Elements and Compounds.

Chapter 6: Minerals: The Building Blocks of Rocks.

Chapter 7: Recognizing Rocks: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Types.

Part III: One Theory to Explain It All: Plate Tectonics.

Chapter 8: Adding Up the Evidence for Plate Tectonics.

Chapter 9: When Crustal Plates Meet, It's All Relative.

Chapter 10: Who's Driving This Thing? Mantle Convection and Plate Movement.

Part IV: Superficially Speaking: About Surface Processes.

Chapter 11: Gravity Takes Its Toll: Mass Wasting.

Chapter 12: Water: Above and Below Ground.

Chapter 13: Flowing Slowly toward the Sea: Glaciers.

Chapter 14: Blowing in the Wind: Moving Sediments without Water.

Chapter 15: Catch a Wave: The Evolution of Shorelines.

Part V: Long, Long Ago in This Galaxy Right Here.

Chapter 16: Getting a Grip on Geologic Time.

Chapter 17: A Record of Life in the Rocks.

Chapter 18: Time before Time Began: The Precambrian.

Chapter 19: Teeming with Life: The Paleozoic Era.

Chapter 20: It Should Have Been Called Mesozoic Park: When Dinosaurs Dominated.

Chapter 21: The Cenozoic Era: Mammals Take Over.

Chapter 22: And Then There Were None: Major Extinction Events in Earth's History.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 23: Ten (Plus) Ways Humans Act as Geologic Agents.

Chapter 24: Ten Geologic Hazards.

Index.

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