Rock Formations and Unusual Geologic Structures: Exploring the Earth's Surface

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Although prehistoric fossil finds generate the most geologic excitement, the rocks in which they are discovered are no less important to the continued research of our planet's past. Created by the interaction of massive movable plates, volcanic activity and the competing forces of erosion and deposition, geologic structures such as stone pillars, mountains and volcanoes add character and variety to the Earth's surface, while illuminating much about the processes that shape them. Beginning with an examination of ...
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Overview

Although prehistoric fossil finds generate the most geologic excitement, the rocks in which they are discovered are no less important to the continued research of our planet's past. Created by the interaction of massive movable plates, volcanic activity and the competing forces of erosion and deposition, geologic structures such as stone pillars, mountains and volcanoes add character and variety to the Earth's surface, while illuminating much about the processes that shape them. Beginning with an examination of the Earth's crust, Rock Formations and Unusual Geologic Structures breaks down the crustal components of this basic surface material to chapters on basement rock and sedimentary strata, the various layers of deposits and sediments making up the Earth's outer skin. Author Jon Erickson follows up with chapters explaining erosional effects and features, dating methods for specific geologic structures, fossil formation and fossil beds, plate tectonics (as revealed in mountain building and earthquakes), volcanic activity, and glacial activity. The book concludes with a chapter on more unusual structures, from rift valleys to huge upheaval domes to natural bridges. The detailed text includes tables listing information on major deserts of the world, a chronology of the major ice ages, the variety of rock types and their characteristics, the ten most deadly volcanic eruptions and more. Illustrated throughout with more than 100 photos, maps and clear line drawings, Rock Formations is a thorough introduction to the changing world beneath our feet.
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This reference for high school students, teachers, and the general reader examines Earth's unusual topological formations and the processes that shape them. Independent geologist Erickson describes formations such as stone pillars, caves, natural bridges, mountains, fossil beds, and volcanoes. Other topics covered include the Earth's crust, the effects of erosion and sedimentation, dating methods, plate tectonics, and meteorite impact craters. The text is accompanied by numerous black and white illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780735102088
  • Publisher: Replica Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
1 The Earth's Crust: The Formation of Continents 1
2 Erosion and Sedimentation: The Building of Landforms 25
3 Type Sections: Defining Rock Formations 47
4 Folding and Faulting: The Shaping of the Land 72
5 Igneous Activity: Volcanic and Granitic Rocks 96
6 Canyons, Valleys, and Basins: Depressions in the Earth 122
7 Deserts and Seacoasts: Windblown and Beach Sands 144
8 Glacial Terrain: Structures formed by Glaciers 167
9 Caves and Caverns: Delving Beneath the Earth's Surface 191
10 Collapsed Structures: Catastrophic Ground Failures 212
11 Meteorite Impact Craters: Asteroid and Comet Collisions 238
12 Unusual Formations: Creation of Unique Rock Formations 262
Conclusion 284
Glossary 285
Bibliography 298
Index 307
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