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A fascinating journey of discovery through the world of modern Earth Science

How does the Earth differ from other planets in our solar system? What conditions are necessary for life to emerge on a planet? How did oceans form and how did the continents arise? What causes earthquakes and volcanoes?...In this enthralling excursion through the world of modern Earth Science, Professor John S. Dickey provides answers to these and many other topics of interest to rock hounds, outdoors lovers, and all readers of popular science. In a narrative peppered with anecdotes and profiles of discoverers and their discoveries, he takes us on a fascinating journey through vast stretches of time and space— from deep beneath the Earth's crust to the fiery hearts of distant galaxies— to explain how the Earth was formed, the movement of continents, earthquakes, volcanoes, minerals and rocks, diamonds and gems, meteorites, and more.

An entertaining, highly readable exploration of some of the most intriguing topics in earth science, requiring no background in the earth sciences or higher mathematics Takes an historical, human approach, telling the fascinating stories of the great discoverers in the field and how they made their discoveries

JOHN S. DICKEY, PhD (San Antonio, Texas) is Dean of Sciences, Department of Mathematics and Engineering, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Dickey was part of the team at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory that analyzed the first geological samples brought back from the Moon.

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Dickey (Dean, science...engineering, Trinity U., Texas) reveals his affection for earth sciences in this lucid, non-insulting popular book. An ideal starting point for the curious lay reader.
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Explore the fundamental forces of nature in this lively, engrossing panorama of earth and planetary science. Professor John S. Dickey takes you on a tour that begins with the stardust that formed the Earth and ends on the outer reaches of the galaxy. Along the way you'll read about the changes, both gradual and cataclysmic, that shape the Earth, about the lives of scientists and their discoveries, and a great deal about the nature of science itself. As enjoyable to read as it is informative, On the Rocks will change forever the way you understand the physical world that supports us all.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-243) and index.

About the Author

JOHN S. DICKEY, Jr., is Dean of Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Table of Contents

Gathering Stardust.

Atoms, Crystals, and Rocks.

Hot Enough to Melt.

From Mud to Metamorphism.

Older than the Hills.

Folding, Faulting, and Floating.

On Trembling Ground in an Ambivalent Field.

How Continents Move.

Ores, Energy, Radwaste, and Water.

Diamonds.

Neighbors Near the Sun.

Worlds More Distant and Strange.

Afterword.

References.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471132349
Author:
Dickey, John S.
Author:
Dickey
Publisher:
John Wiley & Sons
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Geology
Subject:
Earth Sciences
Subject:
Popular works
Subject:
Earth sciences -- Popular works.
Subject:
Earth Sciences - General
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geology
Subject:
Geology-General
Subject:
Environmental engineering
Copyright:
Series Volume:
n:o 95
Publication Date:
March 1996
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
209 x 140 x 20 mm 11 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Explore the fundamental forces of nature in this lively, engrossing panorama of earth and planetary science. Professor John S. Dickey takes you on a tour that begins with the stardust that formed the Earth and ends on the outer reaches of the galaxy. Along the way you'll read about the changes, both gradual and cataclysmic, that shape the Earth, about the lives of scientists and their discoveries, and a great deal about the nature of science itself. As enjoyable to read as it is informative, On the Rocks will change forever the way you understand the physical world that supports us all.
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