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Title:
An introduction to fossils and minerals : seeking clues to the earth's past.
Author:
Erickson, Jon, 1948-
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Edition:
Revised edition / Jon Erickson ; foreword by Donald R. Coates.
Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xiv, 272 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780816042364
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Praise for the previous edition:
"Outstanding, clear diagrams and various charts and maps clarify the material under discussion." —School Library Journal

An Introduction to Fossils and Minerals introduces the fascinating science of geology and how it reveals the history of the Earth as told by its rocks.

The revised edition features: A systematic treatment of Earth history, rock types, marine fossils, terrestrial fossils, crystals, gems, and precious metals that provides insights into Earth's character The most current data available on such topics as global tectonics and faunal extinctions, including a wealth of information about the demise of dinosaurs New technologies in detecting and preserving rocks and minerals The effects of erosion and climate changes.


Author Notes

Jon Erickson is an independent geologist


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Praise for the previous edition: Outstanding, clear diagrams and various charts and maps clarify the material under discussion.--School Library Journal An Introduction to Fossils and Minerals introduces the fascinating science of geology and how it reveals the history of the Earth as told by its rocks. The revised edition features: A systematic treatment of Earth history, rock types, marine fossils, terrestrial fossils, crystals, gems, and precious metals that provides insights into Earth's character The most current data available on such topics as global tectonics and faunal extinctions, including a wealth of information about the demise of dinosaurs New technologies in detecting and preserving rocks and minerals The effects of erosion and climate changes. Excerpted from An Introduction to Fossils and Minerals: Seeking Clues to the Earth's Past by Jon Erickson 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.

Table of Contents

Tablesp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
1 The Earth's History: Understanding Our Planet's Pastp. 1
The Precambrian Era
The Paleozoic Era
The Mesozoic Era
The Cenozoic Era
The Pleistocene Ice Age
2 Clues to the Past: the Principles of Paleontologyp. 24
Keys to the History of Life
Evidence for Evolution
Mass Extinctions
Geologic Age Dating
The Geologic Time Scale
3 Rock Types: the Rock-Forming Processp. 50
Igneous Rocks
Sedimentary Rocks
Metamorphic Rocks
4 Fossil Formation: the Preservation of Past Lifep. 75
The Fossil Family Tree
The Sedimentary Environment
Fossil Preservation
Tracks, Trails, and Footprints
5 Marine Fossils: Creatures Preserved From the Seap. 100
Protistids
Sponges
Coelenterates
Bryozoans
Brachiopods
Mollusks
Annelids
Arthropods
Echinoderms
Vertebrates
6 Terrestrial Fossils: Creatures Preserved From the Landp. 124
Land Plants
Amphibians
Reptiles
Dinosaurs
Birds
Mammals
7 Crystals and Minerals: Basic Building Blocks of Rocksp. 147
Crystals
Identification of Minerals
The Rock-Forming Minerals
Ore Deposits
8 Gems and Precious Metals: Minerals of Great Valuep. 171
Quartz Gems
Transparent Gems
Opaque Gems
Diamonds
Gold and Silver
Precious Metals and Rare Earths
9 The Rare and Unusual: Rocks With Unique Propertiesp. 194
Rocks that Follow the Sun
Minerals that Reverse Themselves
Halos of Stone
Whistling Stones
Stone Pillars
Minerals that Glow in the Dark
Lightning Fast Glass
Stones from the Sky
10 Where Fossils and Minerals are Foundp. 217
Fossil-Bearing Rocks
Mineral-Bearing Rocks
Geologic Maps
Collecting Fossils and Minerals
Glossaryp. 242
Bibliographyp. 253
Indexp. 261