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 sciencesand the abiding connection between Texans and their physical surroundingsGeo-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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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.
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.