A Dictionary of Earth Sciences

A Dictionary of Earth Sciences

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By (author) Michael Allaby

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 672 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 42mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 7 April 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199211949
  • ISBN 13: 9780199211944
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 130 line drawings
  • Sales rank: 144,838

Product description

This leading dictionary - now in its third edition - offers wide-ranging and authoritative coverage of the earth sciences and related topics in 6,250+ clear and accessible entries. Coverage includes geology, oceanography, paleontology, minerology, volcanology, and planetary science as well as climatology, geochemistry, and petrology. It is an essential reference for students of geography, geology, and earth sciences and in related disciplines. The third edition is fully updated and includes additional coverage of process geomorphology and physical geography, plus more than 50 new line drawings to accompany descriptions of forms and processes. A new feature is an appendix of recommended web links updated on the Dictionary of Earth Sciences companion website. Additional appendices include a revised geological time scale, an updated bibliography, stratigraphic units, lunar and Martian time scales, wind-strength scales, and SI units.

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Author information

Michael Allaby has written over 80 books on the environment, climatology, meteorology, and geography. He is the editor of the Oxford Dictionaries of Ecology, Zoology, and Plant Sciences.

Review quote

Review from previous edition I marvel at how the editors have compressed so much so clearly Nature can really claim to offer comprehensive coverage of the earth sciences Times Educational Supplement

Table of contents

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 ; APPENDICES ; 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) ; BIBLIOGRAPHY