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Overview

THE LANGUAGE OF GEOLOGY AND MINERALOGY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

Derived from the world-renowned McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, Sixth Edition, this vital reference offers a wealth of essential information in a portable, convenient, quick-find format. Whether you’re a professional, a student, a writer, or a general reader with an interest in science, there is no better or more authoritative way to stay up-to-speed with the current language of geology and mineralogy or gain an understanding of its key ideas and concepts.

Written in clear, simple language understandable to the general reader, yet in-depth enough for scientists, educators, and advanced students, The McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Geology & Mineralogy, Second Edition:

* Has been extensively revised, with 9,000 entries encompassing the language of geology and mineralogy

* Includes synonyms, acronyms, and abbreviations

* Provides pronunciations for all terms

* Covers such topics as physical geology, historical geology, mineralogy, marine geology, plate tectonics, petrology, sedimentology, and stratigraphy

* Includes an appendix containing tables of useful data and information

* Is based on the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms – for more than a quarter-of-a-century THE standard international reference

Carefully reviewed for clarity, completeness, and accuracy, the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Geology & Mineralogy, Second Edition, offers a standard of excellence unmatched by any similar publication.

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Editorial Reviews

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Excerpts of review by T.R. Faust, Burlington College

McGraw-Hill derives these inexpensive subject-specific dictionaries from its Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, covering 110,000 terms. Libraries could not go wrong purchasing this recognized standard reference—either the parent or its offspring. Choosing which to purchase will probably present the greater challenge. Students may be more likely to favor these more focused titles, whereas librarians may be more enthralled with the larger, more encompassing mother work. ...The offspring reproduce the definitions of terms exactly as they appear in the mother work, with pronunciation but without illustrations. The appropriate appendixes are

retained in the smaller volumes, but biographical entries are dropped.

McGraw-Hill tends to include more appendixes [than competition], such as geological time scales and

electronic symbols...libraries will be well served by the McGraw-Hill titles. Summing Up: Highly recommended.

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Excerpts of review by T.R. Faust, Burlington College

McGraw-Hill derives these inexpensive subject-specific dictionaries from its Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, covering 110,000 terms. Libraries could not go wrong purchasing this recognized standard reference—either the parent or its offspring. Choosing which to purchase will probably present the greater challenge. Students may be more likely to favor these more focused titles, whereas librarians may be more enthralled with the larger, more encompassing mother work. ...The offspring reproduce the definitions of terms exactly as they appear in the mother work, with pronunciation but without illustrations. The appropriate appendixes are

retained in the smaller volumes, but biographical entries are dropped.

McGraw-Hill tends to include more appendixes [than competition], such as geological time scales and

electronic symbols...libraries will be well served by the McGraw-Hill titles. Summing Up: Highly recommended.

Choice
Excerpts of review by T.R. Faust, Burlington College

McGraw-Hill derives these inexpensive subject-specific dictionaries from its Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, covering 110,000 terms. Libraries could not go wrong purchasing this recognized standard reference--either the parent or its offspring. Choosing which to purchase will probably present the greater challenge. Students may be more likely to favor these more focused titles, whereas librarians may be more enthralled with the larger, more encompassing mother work. ...The offspring reproduce the definitions of terms exactly as they appear in the mother work, with pronunciation but without illustrations. The appropriate appendixes are

retained in the smaller volumes, but biographical entries are dropped.

McGraw-Hill tends to include more appendixes [than competition], such as geological time scales and

electronic symbols...libraries will be well served by the McGraw-Hill titles. Summing Up: Highly recommended.

From The Critics
McGraw-Hill derives these inexpensive subject-specific dictionaries from its Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, covering 110,000 terms. Libraries could not go wrong purchasing this recognized standard reference--either the parent or its offspring. Choosing which to purchase will probably present the greater challenge. Students may be more likely to favor these more focused titles, whereas librarians may be more enthralled with the larger, more encompassing mother work. ...The offspring reproduce the definitions of terms exactly as they appear in the mother work, with pronunciation but without illustrations. The appropriate appendixes are retained in the smaller volumes, but biographical entries are dropped.

McGraw-Hill tends to include more appendixes [than competition], such as geological time scales and electronic symbols...libraries will be well served by the McGraw-Hill titles. Summing Up: Highly recommended.
—T.R. Faust, Burlington College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071410441
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/27/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Compiled by The Editorial Staff of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology (New York City), one of the most skilled, experienced, and innovative teams in the field of scientific publishing.

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Table of Contents

Preface v
Staff vi
How to Use the Dictionary vii
Fields and Their Scope ix
Pronunciation Key x
Dictionary 1
Appendix 405
Equivalents of commonly used units for the U.S. Customary System and the metric system 407
Conversion factors for the U.S. Customary System, metric system, and International System 408
Periodic table 412
Principal regions of a standard earth model 413
Physical properties of some common rocks 413
Approximate concentration of ore elements in earth's crust and in ores 414
Elemental composition of earth's crust based on igneous and sedimentary rock 414
Some historical volcanic eruptions 415
Compositions of important rock types in the earth's crust and the average continental crust 416
Dental formulas of some mammals 417
Geologic column and scale of time 418
Types of volcanic structure 419
Mohs scale 419
Hardness, specific gravity, and refractive indices of gem materials 420
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