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Our world is made of rock. Those who live in a landscape where rock outcrops are obvious will have wondered about the kind of rock they are looking at and how they came to be where they are now. Graham Park explains in simple terms what geology can tell us about the world.
1. Crystals, minerals and gemstones
2. Volcanoes and melted rock
3. Shaping the land
4. Mud, sand and other deposits
5. Moving continents and making mountains
6. Earthquakes and faults
7. Squeezing and stretching - rock deformation
8. Geological time and the age of the Earth
9. Fossils - a history of life
10. Turning the pages - Earth history
11. Geology and industry
Graham Park is a professional geologist living in the north of Scotland. He hopes that this book will have the same impact on others that his first reading about geology had on him in kindling a lifelong fascination with his subject. He is the author of The Making of Europe: A Geological History (2014).
Reviews of earlier editions:
"This remains a key resource for both amateur and professional geologists alike, remarkably squeezing virtually all the basics of our subject into some 135 pages with many informative illustrations."
– European Geologist
"For any basic level geology book to succeed, it needs to be well written and include great pictures and diagrams – and this book does not disappoint – This little guide (it is only 134, A5 pages long) covers everything you would expect from a basic level geology book, including the rock cycle, plate tectonics, fossils and industrial uses for geology. It also includes a great glossary, which these days is essential given that geology seems to have spawned a different language only distantly related to English."
– Deposits Magazine