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The Encyclopedia of the Solid Earth Sciences

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The Encyclopedia of the Solid Earth Sciences

Philip Kearey (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-31388-8 July 2009 Wiley-Blackwell 736 Pages

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From AMETHYST to ARTESIAN SPRING, from COAL GAS to CONTINENTAL DRIFT, from SEISMOGRAM to STROMATOLITE, the Encylopedia of the Solid Earth Sciences provides a comprehensive modern reference text for all the subdisciplines of the Earth Sciences. The Encyclopedia is primarily intended for professional earth scientists and those specializing in related subjects. However, it will also provide an important reference for students of the Earth Sciences and those needing information on terms in current usage. The book contains three main styles of entry: articles up to 1500 words on major topics such as plate tectonics, standard entries of up to a couple of hundred words on topics such as groups of minerals,and brief definitions of, for instance, individual minerals.
List of Contributors.

Preface.

Introduction.

SI,cgs and Imperial (Customary US) Units and Conversion Factors.

The Encyclopedia of the Solid Earth Sciences.

Index

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* cross-reference to other particularly relevant keywords is made at the end of each entry * keywords (for other entries) mentioned within entries appear in bold type * the index contains 7979 entries * all keywords and their derivatives (e.g. gravity anomaly and anomaly, gravity) appear in the index, along with 2700 other indexed entries including synonyms * all index entries are shown in the text in italic type * in the index itself the principle page reference is often the actual entry of a keyword, and for other indexed items usually refers to the page(s) on which the item is defined * in addition, longer entries are followed by a reading list which gives the principle references