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Dictionary of Geological Terms Order This Book
Dictionary of Geological Terms
Third Edition by Robert L. Bates and Julia A. Jackson, Editors
Soft cover, 8" x 5", 571 pages, copyright 1984
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From aa to zweikanter, this popular dictionary has now been revised and updated. This third edition of Dictionary of Geological Terms includes over 1000 new terms plus accurate definitions without technical jargon, many word origins, hyphenation and pronunciation guide, commonly used abbreviations, and a geologic time and life chart.

The definitions in this book are drawn largely from the authoritative 36,000 term, $99.95 (ouch) Glossary of Geology, to which nearly 150 specialists from all fields of the geosciences contributed. Both the Glossary and the Dictionary of Geological Terms were prepared as a service of the American Geological Institute, a federation of geoscience societies united to provide information to the science community and to the public.

Simply put, the Glossary of Geology is an affordable and hard-working reference that belongs in the personal library of every rockhound and student of the Earth sciences.


Field Geology Illustrated Second Edition Order This Book
Field Geology Illustrated Second Edition by Terry Maley
Soft cover, 9" x 6", 704 pages, copyright 2005
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Field Geology Illustrated Second Edition is intended as a detailed reference for courses in field geology and as a reference for professional geologists, serious amateur geologists, hydrologists, soil scientists, and other Earth scientists. This book assumes some formal course work in geology, but for those who have no previous education, Chapter 2 (Introduction to Rocks) provides a basic description and simplified classification of the various rock types. Also a detailed glossary of terms is included to facilitate an understanding of geologic terminology.

Field Geology Illustrated Second Edition primarily focuses on the recognition, interpretation, and description of geologic features and structures in the field. This is accomplished with 682 photographs and almost 300 interpretive sketches appearing in the 869 figures.

With more than 700 pages covering all aspects of field geology, this comprehensive book presents much material on surfaces processes in addition to the conventional bedrock geologic topics. Mass wasting, weathering, soils, ground water, fluvial and lacustrine processes and deposits are covered in detail. Marine geological and geophysical surveys are also discussed.

Field Geology Illustrated Second Edition is organized into 14 major chapters including: Brief History of Western Explorations and Surveys, Introduction to Rocks, Plate Tectonics and Marine Geological Surveys, Plutonic Rocks, Volcanic Rocks, Continental Sedimentary Environments, Marine Sedimentary Environments and Deposits, Deformed Rocks: Fractures, Deformed and Metamorphic Rocks, Weathering and Soils, Mass Wasting, Ground Water, Field Aspects of Selected Mineral Deposits, and Public Land Surveys and Records.

The information and concepts presented in this highly recommended book are lavishly illustrated with hundreds of field photographs of rocks, geologic structures and formations and supported with a comprehensive, nineteen page catalog listing hundreds of cited and general references for this encyclopedic work. This outstanding text and reference will be an appreciated and valued addition to the library of anyone studying or interested in geology and the Earth sciences in general.


The Field Guide To Geology Order This Book
The Field Guide To Geology
New Edition
by David Lambert and the Diagram Group
Soft cover 9" x 7", 304 pages, copyright 2007.
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The Field Guide To Geology, New Edition recounts the fascinating story of the Earth in a vivid, engaging fashion. Written by a team of eminent geologists and educators, it presents a concise, comprehensive overview of the processes that our planet and the technologies that have revolutionized the way that scientists investigate the Earth's systems.

This book explains how matter, stars and the solar system evolved; how the Earth acquired its shape and surface; the structure of the Earth's crust; the major forms of igneous rock and the processes by which all rocks are created; the relationship between soil and rock erosion and the flow of rivers; and the effect of ice and wind on the Earth's surface. Updated and expanded, this new edition concludes with two new chapters - one that explains how technology enables planet scientists to measure the behavior of Earth's complex systems in real time and the other on notable scientists whose research and discoveries have advanced the field of geology. An extensive list of geological museums and collections, web sites, and associations is also included. Featuring more than 750 two-color maps, charts, and other illustrations - more than 200 new to this edition - this book is a fine primer in geological science for readers who wish to understand the course of Earth's evolution.

The Field Guide To Geology, New Edition is organized into fourteen chapters, each providing an explanatory introduction followed by related topics: Chapter 1, Sizing Up Earth, gives an overview of our planet's origins and raw materials. Chapter 2, the Restless Crust, explains the astonishing processes that shape and reshape continents and oceans, and recycle rock. Chapter 3, Fiery Rocks, deals with igneous rocks - rocks formed from molten matter, the stuff from which all rock derives. Chapter 4, Rocks from Scraps, covers sedimentary rocks - those mostly form from reconstituted pieces of igneous or other rocks. Chapter 5, Deformed and Altered Rocks, investigates processes that displace crustal rocks and change one kind of rock into another. Chapter 6, Crumbling Rocks, examines the role of weather in destroying rocks, building soil, and sculpting slopes. Chapter 7, How Rivers Shape the Land, traces the role of rivers in carving valleys, shaping plains and deltas, and creating lakes.

Chapter 8, The Work of the Sea, tells how the sea builds and destroys land. Chapter 9, The Work of Ice and Air, explains how glaciers and ice sheets mold cold lands, and how winds sculpt desert landscapes. Chapter 10, Change through the Ages, shows how geologists read the record of Earth's history in rocks, and what the oldest rocks reveal. Chapter 11, The Last 543 Million Years, covers the great changes that have formed, reformed, and repositioned continents since rocks acquired a detailed fossil record. Chapter 12, Rocks and Man, describes how geologist find and exploit useful rocks and minerals. Chapter 13, Monitoring the Earth, is an entirely new section that explains how new technology has made it possible for scientists to measure the behavior of Earth's complex systems directly in real time.It encompasses satellite technology, acoustics, and seismic monitoring. Chapter 14, Who and Where? looks at the lives and discoveries of great scientists who have changed the way we think about Earth. It includes listings for the great geological museums and collections in the world as well as web sites and associations in the field.


Geology Underfoot In Central Nevada Order This Book
Geology Underfoot In Central Nevada
by Robert L. Orndorff, Robert W. Wieder, and Harry F. Filkorn
Soft cover 9" x 6", 294 pages, copyright 2001.
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Nevada is a geologist's playground - great topographic relief exposes spectacular geology. In twenty-one driving and walking tours, Geology Underfoot In Central Nevada explores the rockscapes of the region's mountains and deserts. The guide covers the varied geologic landscape along U.S. 50 from Lake Tahoe and Reno east to Great Basin National Park.

In Ichthyosaur State Park, examine fossil remains of giant sea lizards as you imagine the ocean that covered Nevada more than 200 million years ago. In Great Basin National Park, marvel at dripstone features underground in Lehman Caves. South of Carson City, touch an active earthquake fault that continues to lift the Carson Range - a reminder that, at least geologically, Nevada is still a work in progress.

Geology Underfoot In Central Nevada is organized into 24 chapters - 1: Tahoe's Recycled Sandbox - Sand Harbor; 2: Vulcan's Throat - Cave Rock; 3: Grinding Glaciers and Sliding Slopes - Emerald Bay; 4: Finding Fault - Genoa Fault Scarp; 5: Take a Walk on the Wild Side - Slide Mountain; 6: Fire Down Below - Steamboat Hot Springs; 7: Of Lava and Lahars - Mount Rose; 8: Nevada's Greatest Lake - Lake Lahontan; 9: Varnished Rock in a Desert Gallery - Grimes Point; 10: Deciphering Time's Muck Heaps - Hidden Cave; 11: One Grain at a Time - Sand Mountain; 12: Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On - Fairview Peak; 13: Boomtown Ghosts and the Hunt for Gold - Berlin Ghost Town; 14: Mesozoic Monsters of the Deep - Nevada's Ichthyosaurs; 15: Remnants of a Burning Wasteland - Hickison Summit; 16: Explosions in an Alien Landscape - Lunar Crater Volcanic Field; 17: Message from the Mantle - Black Rock Lava Flow; 18: Desert Gemstones - Garnet Hill; 19: Open Pits and Altered Rock - Robinson Mining District; 20: Island in the Desert - Wheeler's Park; 21: Beauty Beneath the Surface - Lehman Caves; 22: Gnarled Elders of the Snake Range - Bristlecone Pines; 23: Nevada's Only Glacier - Glacial Features in Great Basis National Park; 24: Hoodoos and Badlands - Cathedral Gorge.

A detailed glossary, index and extensive bibliography with sources of further information are included. Whether you are a resident or planning your first or fiftieth trip to central Nevada, if you are interested in geology and Earth science, Geology Underfoot In Central Nevada provides maps, guides and references that you will use and appreciate.


Geology Underfoot In Death Valley and Owens Valley Order This Book
Geology Underfoot In Death Valley and Owens Valley
by Robert P. Sharp and Allen F. Glazner
Soft cover, 9" x 6", 319 pages, copyright 1997.
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Eastern California boasts the greatest dryland relief in the contiguous United States - between Mt. Whitney and Death Valley - and that relief exposes spectacular geology. Geology Underfoot In Death Valley and Owens Valley presents thirty driving and walking tours serving to weave the tale of geological features and relationships in this land of extremes. Some sketches ponder questions that puzzle geologists: How do stones slide across the Racetrack playa? Others spotlight the earth-sculpturing role of volcanoes and earthquakes: lava columns at Devils Postpile and fault scarps that shape a golf course. Still others focus on less obvious but equally powerful processes: boulders shattered by salt crystals and rocks blasted by windblown sand.

Geology Underfoot In Death Valley and Owens Valley is organized in two major sections. The first section is Death Valley and Vicinity, the second section is Owens Valley and Vicinity. Chapters in Death Valley and Vicinity include 1: An Intrepid Explorer - The Mojave River; 2: A Collector of Volcanic Ashes - Ancient Lake Tecopa; 3: It's a Coal Seam, It's a Dike, It's a Welded Tuff! - The Resting Spring Pass Volcanic Tuff; 4: A Lunar Landscape - The Trona Pinnacles of Searles Lake; 5: A Huge Bathtub Without a Drain - Pleistocene Lake Manly and the Salt Pan; 6: Dynamic Desert Landforms- Alluvial Fans and Debris Cones; 7: Youthful Tectonism - Fault Scarps in Fans; 8: Rocks Split Asunder - Salt Weathering; 9: A Tale of Two Mysteries - Turtlebacks and Missing Rocks; 10: True Grit- Sandblasted Stones on Ventifact Ridge; 11: A Diversionary Tale - Gower Gulch; 12: Nature's Crafted Mosaics and the Tanning Process - Desert Pavement and Desert Varnish; 13: Wind at Play in Nature's Sandbox - The Mesquite Dunes; 14: A Cut-and-Fill Saga - Mosaic Canyon; 15: A Big Explosion - Ubehebe Crater; and 16: Wind at Work - The Sailing Stones of Racetrack Playa.

Chapters in Owens Valley and Vicinity include 17: The Falls of an Ice Age - Fossil Falls on Glacial Owens River; 18: A Story of Desiccation - Once-Blue Owens Lake; 19: A Frightful Earthquake - The Owens Valley Shock of 1872; 20: A Buried, Weathered Giant - The Alabama Hills; 21: Basins and Ranges - The Waucobi Lakebeds; 22: The Oldest Living Things - Bristlecone Pines and the Rocks They Prefer; 23: Dating an Old Glaciation - The Big Pumice Cut; 24: A Disappearing Fault - The Hilton Creek Fault; 25: East Meets West - Glacial Moraines at Convict Lake; 26: A Crack Runs Through It - The Earthquake Fault and Inyo Craters; 27: Fun and Games on Living Volcanoes - Mammoth Mountain and Long Valley Caldera; 28: Columnar Jointing at its Best - Devils Postpile; 29: An Ominous Ooze - Obsidian Dome; and 30: Mountains of Glass - The Mono Domes.

A detailed glossary, index and extensive bibliography with sources of further information are included. Whether you are a resident or planning your first or fiftieth trip to the Death Valley or Owens Valley vicinities, if you are interested in geology and Earth science, Geology Underfoot In Death Valley and Owens Valley provides maps, guides and references that you will use and appreciate.


Geology Underfoot In Southern California Order This Book
Geology Underfoot In Southern California
by Robert P. Sharp and Allen F. Glazner
Soft cover, 9" x 6", 224 pages, copyright 1993.
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Reading the rocks like pages in a book, Geology Underfoot In Southern California offers an inside view of the southland's active and sometimes enigmatic landscape. Twenty vignettes each weave a geologic story of a particular scene, relationship or feature. Some spotlight well-known landmarks: Morro Rock and Red Rock Canyon. Others view matters of practical concern: San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant and Santa Barbara Harbor. Some sketches provide a glimpse of the earth's awesome forces: Blackhawk slide and the eruption of the Bishop tuff. Together, these snapshots introduce readers to southern California's rich, dynamic, even flamboyant geology.

Geology Underfoot In Southern California is organized into 20 chapters - 1: San Onofre Nuclear Reactors and the Cristianitos Fault; 2: A Migrating Shoreline - The Story in the Bluffs at Torrey Pines State Reserve; 3: A Vanished Landmass - San Onofre Breccia at Santa Barbara; 4: A Growing Fold - Ventura Anticline; 5: Perils of Tampering with Nature - The Harbor at Santa Barbara; 6: An Ice Age Sand Lobe - Nipomo Dunes; 7: Roots of Ancient Volcanoes - Morro Rock and Other Knobs; 8: Sampling the Mysterious Franciscan Formation - San Simeon Beach Pebbles; 9: A Boon to Communications - The Whittier Narrows; 10: Wheeler Ridge - Its Gift to the Edmund G. Brown (California) Aqueduct; 11: The San Andreas Fault and Cajon Creek Cooperate - Cajon Pass; 12: Red Rock Canyon - A Geologic Library; 13: A Great Natural Geological Laboratory - Rainbow Basin; 14: Young Volcanoes in the Mojave Desert - Walking About at Amboy and Pisgah Craters; 15: Flamingos in the Desert - Pluvial Lake Manix; 16: Eighty Seconds of Catastrophe - The Blackhawk Slide; 17: A Huge Pile of Living Sand - Kelso Dunes; 18: A California Rarity - Mitchell Caverns; 19: Volcanic Devastation - The Bishop Tuff; 20: An Intimate Contact with Volcanic Phenomena - Hot Creek.

A detailed glossary, index and extensive bibliography with sources of further information are included. Whether you are a resident or planning your first or fiftieth trip to Southern California, if you are interested in geology and Earth science, Geology Underfoot In Southern California provides maps, guides and references that you will use and appreciate.


Geology Underfoot In Southern Utah Order This Book
Geology Underfoot In Southern Utah
by Richard L. Orndorff, Robert W. Wieder and David G. Futey
Soft cover, 9" x 6", 286 pages, copyright 2006.
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Southern Utah's magnificent, enigmatic landforms are famous worldwide. But what carved the goblins in Goblin Valley, the domes at Capitol Reef, Zion's towering sandstone walls, and Bryce's hoodoo fairyland - not to mention all those arches and natural bridges? Geology Underfoot In Southern Utah explores the stories behind 33 sites, some well known, others off the beaten path. With this book in hand, marvel at tales of ancient eruptions, deserts, seas, and swamps; the movements of massive rock units over eons; and the rock's interactions with life above it, including humankind. Along the way, visit dinosaur trackways, old mines, rock glaciers, oysters in the desert - and more.

Geology Underfoot In Southern Utah is organized into 23 chapters - 1: Reading A Lava Landscape - Snow Canyon State Park; 2: Where Dinosaurs Roamed - St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm; 3: When Water Cleaves Rock - Parowan Gap; 4: An Alluring Luster - Frisco and the Horn Silver Mine; 5: A Desiccated Remnant of Lake Bonneville - Sevier Lake; 6: Folded Rocks - The Virgin Anticline, Quail Creek State Park; 7: In The Heart Of The Transition Zone - Hurricane Fault; 8: An Ancient Desert Sleeps - The Navajo Sandstone, Zion National Park; 9: Water From Stone - Weeping Rock, Zion National Park; 10: Gravity At Work - The Springdale Landslide; 11: A Desert Reborn - Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park; 12: Cycles of Change - Castle Rock Campground; 13: A Record of Explosive Eruptions - Fremont Indian State Park; 14: Toolmaker's Delight - Obsidian at Fremont Indian State Park; 15: Ice Age Glaciers - Fish Lake Valley; 16: Unlikely Neighbors At Red Canyon - Sevier Fault.

17: A Fairyland Of Color and Form - Bryce Canyon National Park; 18: Nature's Palette - Escalante State Park and the Petrified Forest; 19: Traveling Through Time - The Waterpocket Fold, Capitol Reef National Park; 20: Someone Pass The Tabasco And A Cold Beer! - An Oyster Reef in the Desert; 21: A Weathered Army On The March - Goblin Valley State Park; 22: Radiation Fever - Temple Mountain Uranium Mines; 23: Slithering Through A Slot Canyon - The San Rafael Reef; 24: Uplift And Erosion On The Colorado Plateau - Goosenecks of the San Juan River; 25: Mesas, Buttes, and Spires - Valley of the Gods; 26: Bridges Across Time - Natural Bridges National Monument; 27: Tsé Hane, The Rock That Tells A Story - Newspaper Rock; 28: At The Mystery's Core - Upheaval Dome; 29: A Sea Of Fins - The Fiery Furnace; 30: Weathering The Tests Of Time - Arches National Park and the Entrada Sandstone; 31: In The Footsteps Of Giants - Copper Ridge Dinosaur Tracks; 32: Intruders In A Sedimentary Domain - Round Mountain and the La Sal Laccoliths; 33: Permafrost and Flowing Earth - Periglacial Features in the La Sal Mountains.

A detailed glossary, index and extensive bibliography with sources of further information are included. Whether you are a resident or planning your first or fiftieth trip to Southern Utah, if you are interested in geology and Earth science, Geology Underfoot In Southern Utah provides maps, guides and references that you will use and appreciate.


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