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The Oxford Companion to the Earth

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9780198540397: The Oxford Companion to the Earth

Here is a wealth of information on planet Earth, ranging from the heights of the ionsphere down to the red-hot molten core.
Written by some 200 expert contributors, and illustrated with over 600 pictures, including 16 pages of color plates, The Oxford Companion to the Earth offers 900 alphabetically arranged entries that cover everything from deserts and wetlands to mountains, caves, glaciers, and coral reefs. There are articles on natural phenomena such as tornadoes and tsunamis, volcanoes and earthquakes, jet streams and weather fronts; on the history of Earth, including the origin of life, Burgess Shale fauna, dinosaurs, and the Ice Ages; on key figures, such as Agassiz, Cuvier, Darwin, and Lamarck; and on such important ecological concerns as acid rain, the ozone layer, industrial waste disposal, and the greenhouse effect. The Companion also examines the great sources of wealth to be found in the Earth, from coal and oil to gold, silver, and diamonds, and many curious land formations, from sinkholes and fiords to yardangs and quicksand. There are brief entries on rock types, from amber to travertine, and extensive essays on cutting-edge aspects of the earth sciences, such as seismology and marine geology. The Companion includes extensive cross-references, suggested further reading, an index, and many useful appendices, with a geological timescale, facts and figures about the Earth, and a table of chemical elements.
The Oxford Companion to the Earth is a unique reference work, offering unrivaled coverage of our home planet. Generously illustrated and vividly written, it is a treasure house of information for all lovers of natural history, geology, and ecology, whether professional or amateur.

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About the Author :


The late Paul L. Hancock was Professor of Geology at the Department of Earth Science, University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Brian J. Skinner is Professor of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University and a past president of the Geological Society of America. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

From Booklist :

A "Note to the Reader" states that "A Companion is a special type of reference book," and this one is that on several levels. It is applicable to many libraries and users: a large library's ready-reference shelf, a small library's need to have an economical overview of a discipline in which it has few holdings, and the collections of earth scientists, engineers, and other professionals.

More than 900 entries signed by some 200 scientists cover climatology, geology, geophysics, oceanography, paleontology, and other earth sciences. Although language is somewhat technical, care has been taken to make concepts accessible. Definitions are carefully incorporated into explanations. Graphic analogies and word images are used to explain phenomena. For example, Folds and folding uses the analogy of flexing a telephone book to explain flexural slip. Line drawings, black-and-white photographs, charts, and tables occur throughout the volume. There are also 16 pages of color plates. Many of the entries have several suggestions for further reading. Appendixes include geological time scales; data on planets in the solar system; the periodic table; and scientific units and notation, conversion tables, and abbreviations. The volume concludes with a thematic list of entries and an extensive index. The endpapers have eight paleographic maps of Earth showing the movement and configuration of landmasses from the late Proterozoic to modern times.

Synthesizing, single-volume reference resources such as this one are valuable because they provide discipline-specific overviews of information in conditions of exponential information growth. This volume is a good value for its price and is recommended to public and academic libraries. RBB
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