Dictionary of Earth Sciences

Dictionary of Earth Sciences

by Ailsa Allaby
     
 

This leading dictionary—now in its third edition—offers wide-ranging and authoritative coverage of the earth sciences and related topics. In more than 6,250 clear and accessible entries, it covers geology, oceanography, paleontology, mineralogy, volcanology, and planetary science as well as climatology, geochemistry, and petrology. The third edition is

Overview

This leading dictionary—now in its third edition—offers wide-ranging and authoritative coverage of the earth sciences and related topics. In more than 6,250 clear and accessible entries, it covers geology, oceanography, paleontology, mineralogy, volcanology, and planetary science as well as climatology, geochemistry, and petrology. The third edition is fully updated and includes additional coverage of process geomorphology and physical geography, plus more than 50 new line drawings to accompany descriptions of forms and processes. The new edition also features web links accessed via a companion website, featuring additional information that is regularly updated to ensure that it stays fresh. Finally, the book has a revised bibliography and a number of appendices that include a revised geological time scale, stratigraphic units, lunar and Martian time scales, wind-strength scales, and SI units. It is an essential reference for students of geography, geology, and earth sciences and in related disciplines.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the previous edition: "A mine of information ....it will serve well both students and practitioners of Earth science as well as the much larger number of researchers who need to understand the terminology of this rapidly expanding field." —Nature

Library Journal

An update and expansion of the 2003 corrected second edition, this easily portable reference incorporates new research and amends outdated definitions. The dictionary includes terms related to geology, oceanography, paleontology, mineralogy, volcanology, climatology, geochemistry, petrology, and planetary science. New terms deal primarily with geomorphology and pioneering knowledge uncovered by recent advances in satellite technology. Allaby (DK Guide to Weather) has written precise, multiparagraph entries for each of the 6,250 terms included. A quick, excellent guide for both students and seasoned academics.


—Savannah Schroll Guz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192800794
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/16/1999
Series:
Oxford Paperback Reference Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 4.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Allaby has written over 80 books on the environment, climatology, meteorology, and geography. He is also the editor of the Oxford Dictionaries of Ecology, Zoology, and Plant Sciences.

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