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The Practical Geologist

Format:  Paperback,

160 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Aug 1992

ISBN-13: 9780671746971

ISBN-10: 0671746979

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From exploring the basic principles of geology to starting a rock and mineral collection, "The Practical Geologist" is the perfect introduction to the world of earth science.
Beginning with a history of the earth's formation and development, this book explores the substances that compose the planet, movements within the earth, the surface effects of weather and water, and underground landscapes.
It shows you how to search for, identify, and extract samples of various rocks and minerals, and for each rock and mineral type there is a brief mineralogy and explanation of its locations. There are also sections on mapping, preparing, and curating specimens, and geological sites on the six continents.
Packed with more than 200 full-color illustrations, this comprehensive guide is the essential practical companion for natural science enthusiasts everywhere.

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Aug 1992
ISBN-13: 9780671746971
ISBN-10: 0671746979
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.1
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.5 x 9.5 x 0.5

About the author

Biography of Dixon, Dougal

Writer and book editor Dougal Dixon was born in Dumfries, Scotland in 1947. He received a Bachelor of Science in geology from the University of St. Andrews in 1970 and a Master of Science in 1972. He entered the publishing field in 1973 and became a freelancer in 1980. He is an internationally recognized authority on dinosaurs and is one of the most popular science writers in the UK. He has also served as a special advisor for programs and motion pictures about dinosaurs in the United States, Great Britain and Japan.

He received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Educational Journalism by the Educational Press Association of America in 1993, the Helen Roney Sattler Award in 1993, the Children's Book Council 1994 Outstanding Trade Science Book Award, and the Times Educational Supplement Primary Schoolbook Award in 1996.

Chapter outline

What is a Practical Geologist?
The History of the Earth
The Development of the Solar System
The Earth Solidifies
Inside the Earth
The Evidence for the Theories
The Substance of the Earth
Minerals -- Rock Components
Mineral Shapes
Mineral Identification
Analyzing Minerals with Light
Common Minerals
The Rock Cycle and Igneous Rocks
The Rock Cycle and Sedimentary Rocks
The Rock Cycle and Metamorphic Rocks
Earth Movements
Plate Tectonics
Field Equipment
Using Field Equipment
Preparing a Field Notebook
Rock Deformations
Small-Scale Structures
Igneous Structures
The Earth's Story Book
History in the Rocks
Sedimentary Sequences
Unconformities
Fossils
Erosion and Geomorphology
The Weather Cycle and the Effect of Rivers
River Patterns
Underground Landscapes
IceCoastal Erosion
Coastal Accretion
Homo Destructus
Field Work Technique
Techniques for Igneous Rocks
Techniques for Sedimentary Rocks
Techniques for Metamorphic Rocks and Drift
Granite
Dolerite
Basalt
Rhyolite and Andesite
Limestone
ChalkSandstone
Fine-Grained Sedimentary Rocks
Slate
SchistGneiss
Village Geology
Urban Geology
Mapping
Mapping
Mapping
Mapping
Mapping
Mapping
Preparing and Curating Specimens
Preparing Reports
Geological Sites
Australia
Asia
Europe
Africa
South America
North America
Geological Time Scale
Glossary
Index
Credits

Book description

From exploring the basic principles of geology to starting a rock and mineral collection, The Practical Geologist is the perfect introduction to the world of earth science.

Beginning with a history of the earth's formation and development, this book explores the substances that compose the planet, movements within the earth, the surface effects of weather and water, and underground landscapes.

It shows you how to search for, identify, and extract samples of various rocks and minerals, and for each rock and mineral type there is a brief mineralogy and explanation of its locations. There are also sections on mapping, preparing, and curating specimens, and geological sites on the six continents.

Packed with more than 200 full-color illustrations, this comprehensive guide is the essential practical companion for natural science enthusiasts everywhere.

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