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Geo-Texas succeeds in bringing together astronomy, geology, meteorology, oceanography, and environmental studies in a highly informative, one-of-a-kind guide to Earth sciences in the Lone Star State. Eric R. Swanson draws on the latest scientific findings in treating the natural history of Texas from the oldest known rock, through the age of the dinosaurs, to the geologic present, from the early development of Texas' water and land resources to the current crisis of environmental pollution. In examining Texas natural sciencesĀ–and the abiding connection between Texans and their physical surroundingsĀ–Geo-Texas is engagingly anecdotal and draws freely on the wry humor with which Texans have always observed and regarded their environment. Entertaining accounts of natural phenomena, such as a meteorite scoring a direct hit on a swimming pool and a Texas twister sweeping up a farmer and returning him to earth unharmed, supplement the scholarship in each chapter to show how cultural and scientific issues converge. Students and teachers of Texas Earth science will find Geo-Texas indispensable. With more than eighty illustrations and valuable appendices listing rock hound clubs, Earth science organizations, and points of interest throughout the state, Geo-Texas will also appeal to the general reader and serve as the Earth science guide for lovers of Texas and its multifaceted environment.
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Judyth Rigler

"Of special value to the teacher and student of earth science is Geo-Texas . . . Swanson takes what might have been a dry subject matter in someone else's hands and makes it darned-near fascinating."--Judyth Rigler
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890966822
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Series: W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series, #18
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric R. Swanson is a professor of geology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He holds degrees from Western Michigan University and the University of Texas at Austin. He has published more than thirty articles in the fields of geology and Earth science.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables
1 Texas and the Universe 3
2 Physiographic Provinces of Texas 23
3 Texas Weather and Climate 38
4 A Brief Geologic History of Texas 61
5 Texas Volcanoes and Earthquakes 74
6 Texas Minerals and Fossils 87
7 Texas Natural Resources 102
8 Texas Ground Water and Caves 126
9 Texas and the Gulf of Mexico 142
10 The Texas Environment 153
App. A. Texas Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Clubs 181
App. B. Professional Earth Science Organizations in Texas 183
App. C. Careers in Earth Science 185
App. D. Texas Earth Science Educational Institutions 187
App. E. Educational Resource Material 188
App. F. Texas Points of Earth Science Interest 190
Index 205
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  • Posted January 10, 2015

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    Introduction to some earth science in Texas, decent resource

    This boook reads like an extended propoganda pamphlet you would pick up at a musuem. The author presents a list of facts related to the earth sciences but focused on examples and special interest in Texas. While the chapters are superficial, Swanson offers a list of more detailed references at the conclusion of each chapter. In a few places, Swanson also makes suggestions of materials for those wanting more information. There is a concluding chapter which relates the earlier material to environmental concerns in Texas and highlights some of the progress made. Also included is information on places to visit, clubs, and related organizations with contact information (which may not be up to date given the publication date of the book). This book is a decent place to start if you want informaino on Texas and know nothing about earth sciences and Texas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2001

    Best popular geology text I've read

    Dr. Swanson brings together his extensive knowledge of geology and his commitment to education in this enjoyable readable. In reading this book, I learned more about the geology of Texas than I could have hoped.

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