Dictionary of Earth Sciences

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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...
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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.
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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and expansion of the 2003 corrected second edition, this easily portable reference incorporates new research and amends outdated definitions.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
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"If there is one thing that Oxford University Press can produce better than any other publisher, it's a dictionary. This dictionary would be an important supplement to any Earth Science course or related discipline, but is also written so that someone without prior knowledge can be easily introduced to the field. A concise, informative and attractive book that attempts to cover every aspect of Earth Science for the modern world."--The Astrobiology Society of Britain

"I marvel at how the editors have compressed so much so clearly"--Nature (review for previous edition)

"Can really claim to offer comprehensive coverage of the earth sciences"--Times Educational Supplement (review for previous edition)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192800794
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/16/1999
  • Series: Oxford Paperback Reference Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 619
  • 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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Preface to the First Edition

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