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This leading dictionary – now in its fourth edition – offers wide-ranging and authoritative coverage of the earth sciences and related topics in over 7500 clear and accessible entries. Coverage includes geology, planetary science, oceanography, palaeontology, mineralogy, and volcanology, as well as climatology, geochemistry, and petrology.
This new edition of A Dictionary of Geology & Earth Sciences has been fully updated and 150 new entries added, with expanded coverage of geology and planetary geology terms. Over 130 line drawings accompany the definitions. The Dictionary also provides recommended web links which are listed and regularly updated on a dedicated companion website. Appendices include a revised geological time scale, an updated bibliography, stratigraphic units, lunar and Martian time scales, wind-strength scales, and SI units.
A Dictionary of Geology & Earth Sciences is essential for students of geography, geology, and earth sciences, and for those in in related disciplines.
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION
CONTRIBUTORS AND ADVISERS
A DICTIONARY OF EARTH SCIENCES: A-Z
A. Stratigraphic Units as defined in the North American Stratigraphic Code, 1983
B. Time Scales
C. Wind Strength
D. SI Units, Conversions, and Multiples
E. List of Useful Websites (web-linked)
Michael Allaby has written many books on environmental science and especially on climatology and meteorology. He is the General Editor of several Oxford Dictionaries, including the Dictionaries of Environment and Conservation, Ecology, Plant Sciences, and Zoology.