Geology For Dummies

Geology For Dummies

by Alecia M. Spooner


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Get a rock-solid grasp on geology

Geology is the study of the earth's history as well as the physical and chemical processes that continue to shape the earth today. Jobs in the geosciences are expected to increase over the next decade, which will increase geology-related jobs well above average projection for all occupations in the coming years.

Geology For Dummies is the most accessible book on the market for anyone who needs to get a handle on the subject, whether you're looking to supplement classroom learning or are simply interested in earth sciences. Presented in a straightforward, trusted format, it features a thorough introduction to the study of the earth, its materials, and its processes.

  • Tracks to a typical college-level introductory geology course
  • An 8-page color insert includes photos of rocks, minerals, and geologic marvels
  • Covers geological processes; rock records and geologic times; matter, minerals, and rock; and more

Geology For Dummies is an excellent classroom supplement for all students who enroll in introductory geology courses, from geology majors to those who choose earth science courses as electives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118021521
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 07/26/2011
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 181,090
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Alecia M. Spooner has been teaching various Earth and Environmental Sciences for seven years. She has earned degrees in Anthropology (B.A., University of Mississippi), Archaeology (M.A., Washington State University), and Geology (M.S., University of Washington). Her research includes interdisciplinary studies of paleoecology, paleoclimatology, and archaeology. Currently she teaches at Everett Community College and enjoys developing active-learning science curricula.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Studying the Earth.

Chapter 1: Rocks for Jocks (and Everybody Else).

Chapter 2: Observing Earth through a Scientifi c Lens.

Chapter 3: From Here to Eternity: The Past, Present, and Future of Geologic Thought.

Chapter 4: Home Sweet Home: Planet Earth.

Part II: Elements, Minerals, and Rocks.

Chapter 5: It’s Elemental, My Dear: A Very Basic Chemistry of Elements and Compounds.

Chapter 6: Minerals: The Building Blocks of Rocks.

Chapter 7: Recognizing Rocks: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Types.

Part III: One Theory to Explain It All: Plate Tectonics.

Chapter 8: Adding Up the Evidence for Plate Tectonics.

Chapter 9: When Crustal Plates Meet, It's All Relative.

Chapter 10: Who's Driving This Thing? Mantle Convection and Plate Movement.

Part IV: Superficially Speaking: About Surface Processes.

Chapter 11: Gravity Takes Its Toll: Mass Wasting.

Chapter 12: Water: Above and Below Ground.

Chapter 13: Flowing Slowly toward the Sea: Glaciers.

Chapter 14: Blowing in the Wind: Moving Sediments without Water.

Chapter 15: Catch a Wave: The Evolution of Shorelines.

Part V: Long, Long Ago in This Galaxy Right Here.

Chapter 16: Getting a Grip on Geologic Time.

Chapter 17: A Record of Life in the Rocks.

Chapter 18: Time before Time Began: The Precambrian.

Chapter 19: Teeming with Life: The Paleozoic Era.

Chapter 20: It Should Have Been Called Mesozoic Park: When Dinosaurs Dominated.

Chapter 21: The Cenozoic Era: Mammals Take Over.

Chapter 22: And Then There Were None: Major Extinction Events in Earth's History.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 23: Ten (Plus) Ways Humans Act as Geologic Agents.

Chapter 24: Ten Geologic Hazards.


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Geology for Dummies 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
nordraylob More than 1 year ago
This book offers a non-complicated beginning point at a fasinating subject. Alecia has given to the non-science world a book to read and to use as a reference. I especially like the Chapters covering the Plate Tectonics. She does an excellent job in giving information in a readable and understandable way that makes learning comfortable and not tedious!! Having been a career Geological, Geophysicist and Seismologist for many years. I grew up, since 1964, with the concept and theory of "Continents Adrift" and having watch the many hypotheses developed into intregral parts of the Theory of Plate Tectonics. My hat is off to the many researchers that have worked upon this theory, especially Alfred Wegener in 1906!!! Ron Bolyard, Kernville, Ca. 93238
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is very important to learn about geology if one is to know fully why taking care of the environment is important. One can learn a lot from this book alone, but always learn from other good sources. The more one learns, the better one under stands mother nature, the planet as a whole, and possibly oneself.
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KAGUIL More than 1 year ago
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