Books  Physical Sciences  Earth & Planetary Sciences  Earth & Planetary Sciences: General 

Rocks: A Very Short Introduction

Popular ScienceComing Soon
Looks at how rocks are formed, how they evolve, and how we can examine and glean histories from them
Covers metamorphic, igneous, and sedimentary rock, as well as minerals
Explores how rocks feature in nature and man-made structures, from plant pots to the Earth's crust

Series: Very Short Introduction Series

By: Jan Zalasiewicz (Author)

144 pages, 25 b/w illustrations

Oxford University Press

Paperback | 08 Dec 2016 | #228175 | ISBN-13: 9780198725190
Available for pre-order: Due Dec 2016 Details
NHBS Price: £7.99 $10/€9 approx

About this book

Rocks, more than anything else, underpin our lives. They make up the solid structure of the Earth and of other rocky planets, and are present at the cores of gas giant planets. We live on the rocky surface of the planet, grow our food on weathered debris derived from rocks, and we obtain nearly all of the raw materials with which we found our civilization from rocks. From the Earth's crust to building bricks, rocks contain our sense of planetary history, and are a guide to our future.

In this Very Short Introduction Jan Zalsiewicz looks at the nature and variety of rocks, and the processes by which they are formed. Starting from the origin of rocks and their key role in the formation of the Earth, he considers what we know about the deep rocks of the mantle and core, and what rocks can tell us about the evolution of the Earth, and looks at those found in outer space and on other planets.



1: Primordial rocks
2: First rocks on a dead Earth
3: Earth surface processes: the making of sedimentary rocks
4: Rock transformations: the story of metamorphism
5: Rocks in the deep
6: Living rocks, evolving rocks
7: Rocks on other planets
8: Human-made rocks

Further reading

Write a review

There are currently no reviews for this product. Be the first to review this product!


Dr Jan Zalasiewicz is Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Leicester, having previously worked at the British Geological Survey. A field geologist, palaeontologist and stratigrapher, he teaches various aspects of geology and Earth history to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and is a researcher into fossil ecosystems and environments across over half a billion years of geological time. He has published over a hundred papers in scientific journals and is the author of several books for OUP, including The Earth After Us (2008), The Planet in a Pebble (2012) and, with co-author Mark Williams, The Goldilocks Planet (2012) and Ocean Worlds (2014).

Bestsellers in this subject

The Goldilocks Planet

NHBS Price: £10.99 $13/€12 approx

Glaciated Continental Margins: An Atlas of Acoustic Images

NHBS Price: £71.99 $88/€81 approx

Accretion of Extraterrestrial Matter Throughout Earth's History

NHBS Price: £138.00 $169/€155 approx

Teach Yourself Geology

NHBS Price: £12.49 $15/€14 approx

Women in the Geosciences

NHBS Price: £53.50 $65/€60 approx