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The field guide to geology
Lambert, David, 1932-
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Updated edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, [1998]

Physical Description:
256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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QE28 .L22 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
QE28 .L22 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This volume features excellent graphics and clear, simple field guide procedures.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up--Since the first edition of this book was published in 1998, technology for geological fieldwork has improved immensely. The coverage of these innovations, in a new chapter called "Monitoring Earth," is this book's best feature. It provides useful overviews, at a level of detail and in a vocabulary that is perfect for the audience, of concepts such as satellite laser ranging, which is used to measure the movement of continents, and the use of satellites in mapping the ozone layer. The rest of the book discusses the planet's formation; plate tectonics; methods of rock creation; how the sea, ice, and wind change the landscape; deciphering Earth's history from fossils and other rocks; exploitation of rocks and minerals, and, in another updated section, provides lists of prominent geologists and relevant institutions. The presentation in these chapters is overly succinct for such complex information, resulting in difficult reading (with no glossary) and loss of important detail. In one chapter, a 543-million-year-period is shoehorned into 30 pages. The illustrations are particularly disappointing. It is standard practice to show geological processes in simple line diagrams. These are provided, and are useful, as far as they go. But the few photographs mean that students have little opportunity to see the features produced by the forces that are so ably diagrammed. Apart from the information on new technologies, students would do better with Timothy M. Kusky's Encyclopedia of Earth Science (Facts On File, 2005).--Henrietta Thornton-Verma, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.



An essential field guide for geology lovers. Praise for the hardcover edition: ...[a] very interesting title...--American Reference Books Annual Written by a team of eminent geologists and educators, The Field Guide to Geology, New Edition features clear graphics and simple field-guide procedures to guide hikers through the great outdoors. A revised and updated edition of a best-seller, this helpful resource offers readers ready access to the subject. This edition features 200 new two-color illustrations (more than 750 in all), updated graphs and tables, as well as two new chapters titled "Monitoring the Earth's Changes" and "Geologists of Note." This volume's lucid, easy-to-follow text covers all the key rudiments of geology and will provide nature lovers with a useful reference to various geological phenomena. Topics covered include: Air currents Composition Desertification Greenhouse effect Ice changes Seafloor profiling Seismic activity Submersibles Tides Waterflow and more. Excerpted from The Field Guide to Geology by David Lambert, Diagram Group All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.