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Geology For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

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.


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    Get a rock-solid grasp on geology

    Geology is a vast, intricate, and complex subject — but that doesn't mean it has to be difficult to grasp. Whether you're looking to supplement classroom learning or are simply interested in earth sciences, this friendly, approachable guide gives you a straightforward introduction to the study of the earth, its materials, and its processes.

    • Home sweet home — get an introduction to geology and the development of modern ideas about our planet

    • It's elemental, my dear — review the building blocks of earth — elements, minerals, and rocks — and get acquainted with some basic chemistry

    • Pass your plate — discover why the theory of plate tectonics is the unifying theory of geology, and how the interaction of plate movements forms, destroys, and recycles rocks

    • On the surface — get the 411 on the five main forces for geological change on the earth's surface — forces of gravity, flowing water, ice, wind, and waves

    Open the book and find:

    • Plain-English explanations of the chemistry you need to know

    • How geologists determine the age of rocks

    • The history of geologic thought

    • Five major extinction eventsin earth's history

    • Igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks

    • The theory of plate tectonics

    • An introduction to thegeologic timescale

    • The most common geologic hazards

    Learn to:

    • Grasp the study of the earth, its materials, and its processes

    • Recognize rocks, minerals, and geologic marvels

    • Score your highest in geology courses

    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.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 15378 KB
    • Print Length: 392 pages
    • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (July 5, 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005C7CXEM
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,419 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A very good introductory geology book September 14, 2011
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    Geology for dummies is well-written and follows a straightforward approach that favors being clear over being overly complicated. I should emphasize that this is not an in-depth geology text, rather it presents a very assessable introductory overview of the subject. It presents the material without any mathematics or complex formulas, although simple chemical notation is utilized in places. The publisher's information says that the book tracks a basic introductory college level course, but I think that it is quite suitable for a high school student. It is also excellent for self-study, which is my interest. Like all "for dummies" books, this one contains a lot of illustrations (one on every page or so). I found that these illustrations were one of the best features of the book. They are very well done and really clarify the concepts being described in the text. For instance, they include things like -
    - cross sections of the earth showing how it is made up,
    - how seismic waves are used to investigate this structure,
    - mineral crystal structures,
    - continental drift,
    - how geologic structures are formed
    - how erosion alters these structures
    - a chart of the geologic time scale
    - numerous illustrations of dinosaurs
    In addition, the book also contains 8-pages of color photographs printed on high gloss paper. These photographs show large structures such as the Grand Canyon and more detailed features such as rock types and fossils.

    The book is divided into six sections -
    1) Studying the Earth. This section provides a general overview of the science of geology. It covers the general ideas of modern geology - the principles of superposition, original horizontality, lateral continuity and cross-cutting relationships.
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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent For Those Who Know Nothing About Geology September 4, 2011
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    I am one of those who know virtually nothing about geology. Though I've never taken a geology course while in college, I tended to attract geology majors. Nothing like going on a hike and watching your date lick rocks along the way (pg. 64 covers that behavior). And later I ended up marrying a geologist who helped me review this book.

    For me, I find it perfect in that it gives a short discussion of many topics. If I want to learn more about a topic I have many college geology text books (my husband's) to refer too. He says it's great that many topics of geology are covered in this book, however it's like a Reader's Digest condensed version of geology. He says there is just too much information about Geology to adequately cover in a single book but that this Dummy's book is fine for those who are interested in learning some about geology but would rather not get very deeply into it. It is not, according to him, the book to get if you are planning on majoring in geology or expect it to get you easily through a geology course, but it should help you decide if you want to major in geology or not. And it clearly states on page one in the introduction:

    "In Geology for Dummies, you can start anywhere. this book is written as an introduction to the most common topics in geology"...

    So, I think it's a great book to get if you just want to know about basic geological topics.

    And basic geological topics are fine with me. Since you can "Look Inside" and see the table of contents you should get a good idea of what this book discusses. It's packed full of information as far as I'm concerned. And there are a few pages in the middle of the book with color photographs.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction for novices September 21, 2011
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    I tend to stay away from "Dummies" and "Everything About" books because they are often too simplistic and I don't like the poor paper quality. Geology for Dummies is simple but not too simplistic. It has enough basic information for someone with little science background, but still manages to get in more advanced, but easily understood, information as well. It is certainly not for someone who wants a thorough understanding of geology but it is a very nice introduction. You won't be able to go out and identify all the rocks after reading this, but you will have a better understanding of how the surface of our planet and the different type rocks were formed. It covers several topics (you can view the Table of Contents in "Look Inside" above) including some I had not expected but were interesting and welcome, providing a better and more thorough understanding of this topic. Like most of these books, the majority of the illustrations are hand (or computer) drawn, but are very well done. It has eight pages of beautifully done color photographs as well. The writing style is down to earth (no pun intended) and easy to understand. There is humor (as always in the Dummy books) and occasional obscure but interesting facts that you generally won't find in a standard geology text. If you have an interest in how our beautiful planet was formed, but only need a basic understanding at this point in your studies, I would highly recommend Geology for Dummies.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars More than just 'Rocks for Jocks' September 9, 2011
    Format:Paperback
    Spooner's writing style and wit are sure to capture the attention of both amateur rock hounds and college students wishing to fulfill their lab science requirement. "Geology for Dummies" provides a comprehensive look at the forces that shape the ground beneath us and the creatures that inhabited this planet long before humans did. What makes hills and valleys? Mountains and canyons?....if you find yourself wondering such things then start reading. As a college professor I recommend this book as a useful supplement to a dense introductory geology textbook because it is condensed and written in plain English. My favorite parts of this book are actually identified as "What You're Not to Read". These sections introduce quirky facts and scientific tidbits not usually covered in GEO 101 lectures. You can learn cocktail party knowledge such as what sharks have to do with magnetism and why glacial landforms have French names. Part V, Long, Long Ago in this Galaxy right here, is especially in depth (more so than any introductory geology textbook) and will leave you wanting more and pondering your own existence. For students looking for more down-to-earth explanations of geologic concepts Geology for Dummies is the way to go!
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    2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
    I bought it hoping that it would help me identify rocks of the area I am in
    Published 10 days ago by Mark Harper
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    neat book
    Published 24 days ago by Norman Riggs
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I just came back from Utah and this book helped me to understand the rock formations I saw.
    Published 1 month ago by Claudia Weber
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative.
    I was a Geology major in college in.....gasp.....1953. i don't remember them even mentioning plate tectonics back then. Read more
    Published 11 months ago by Donald J. Wilson
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview covers the basics well!
    This is a good book to get a basic understanding of geology. Covers all the important concepts and explains them well. The book is well written, and an enjoyable read. Read more
    Published 11 months ago by Michael Holmes
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    Published 12 months ago by George R. Mazzei
    4.0 out of 5 stars instructive and informative
    a good overview of the basic principals,format is a bit heavy especially for the layman.quite good for starting out as amateurs.
    Published 12 months ago by sb hooper
    5.0 out of 5 stars Now I understand the hype!
    'Geology For Dummies' has been big seller for Amazon for a long time now; I got the cheapest copy I could get and even that took a while owing to its popularity, but it's been more... Read more
    Published 17 months ago by S. Rogers
    5.0 out of 5 stars Answers All Your Geology Questions
    This book answers all your geology questions simply and clearly. Sometimes I wonder why books like this are not used in universities instead of the textbooks chosen by professors. Read more
    Published 18 months ago by Sandra C. Davis
    3.0 out of 5 stars facts about earth
    I think the book should have included a chart on the time line of the earth and its' geological periods. Other than that it was fine, not great.
    Published 18 months ago by J. Weiss
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