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The Cambridge Handbook of Earth Science Data

Provides a wide range of fundamental Earth Science data
meeting the needs of researchers and students who require information across many sub-disciplines
Data sets are brought together in a readily accessible format avoiding the need to search a wide and disparate range of other sources for information
The compact format allows the book to be used in a variety of situations such as the classroom, office, laboratory or field area

By: Paul Henderson (Author), Gideon M Henderson (Author)

286 pages, 8 colour & 7 b/w illustrations, 145 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jun 2009 | #179588 | ISBN-13: 9780521693172
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About this book

This handbook presents an indispensable compilation of fundamental facts and figures about the Earth. It brings together reliable physical, chemical, biological and historical data in a series of 145 easy to read tables, supplemented by maps, charts and colour plates.Eleven sections cover topics spanning the Earth's geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere, with one section focusing on other bodies in the Solar System.

Full references for the original data sources are provided to enable users to access further detail and three appendices provide practical information on units and conversion factors. Compact and easy to use, this handy little book provides a time-saving first point of reference for researchers, students and practitioners in the Earth and Environmental Sciences. It allows scientists easy access to basic information on topics outside their specialisation, and is also a convenient resource for non-scientists such as economists, policy makers and journalists.

"Looking for neat information to spice up your lectures? Writing or reviewing a paper and wanting to check some facts quickly? This convenient, almost pocket-size book (easy to carry in your laptop case) is for you. [...] a mine of information at a bargain price!"
- Pierrette Tremblay, Elements

"[This] book is compact, easy to use, and offers many basic datasets [...] reading this book is like browsing the internet."
- G. Shanmugam, University of Texas, Arlington

"I recommend [The Cambridge Handbook of] Earth Science Data without reservations [...] [and] I'll go even a step beyond that to suggest that the purchase of this book be obligatory for all students of geology and mineralogy at undergraduate and graduate university levels."
- Canadian Mineralogist

"[...] concise, comprehensive [...] For students of the Earth Sciences it has the potential of becoming a standard reference work."
- The Holocene




1. The solar system
2. Solid Earth
3. Geophysics
4. Aqueous Earth
5. Gaseous Earth
6. Biological Earth, element cycles
7. Earth history
8. Chemistry and isotopes
9. Crystallography and mineralogy
10. Resources
11. Hazards


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Paul Henderson is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at University College London and was previously Head of the Department of Mineralogy and Director of Science at the Natural History Museum. He was President of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1990-1992) and Vice President of the Geological Society of London (2002-2008). Professor Henderson's research interests focus on the geochemistry of igneous and related rocks, and he is the author of the textbook Inorganic Geochemistry (1982) and the editor of Rare Earth Element Geochemistry (1984).

Gideon Henderson is Professor of Earth Sciences at Oxford University and was previously an Associate Research Scientist at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, New York. His research interests involve the application of geochemical tools to understand the Earth's surface environment including climate change, past ocean circulation, and geochemical fluxes from land to sea. Professor Henderson is also an editor of Uranium-Series Geochemistry (2003).

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