An Introduction to Fossils and Minerals: Seeking Clues to the Earth's Past (The Changing Earth)

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9780816025879: An Introduction to Fossils and Minerals: Seeking Clues to the Earth's Past (The Changing Earth)

The study of fossils, minerals, and gems has played crucial roles in increasing our knowledge about the Earth, the changes the planet has gone through, and the species that have inhabited it. This volume introduces the fascinating disciplines of geology, paleontology, and mineralogy, and how they reveal secrets of the Earth's history.

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a systematic treatment of Earth history, rock types, marine fossils, terrestrial fossils, crystals, gems, and precious metals that provide insights into Earth's character; the most current data available on such topics as global tectonics and faunal extinctions, including a wealth of information about the demise of dinosaurs; new technologies in detecting and preserving rocks and minerals; and the effects of erosion and climate changes.

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This highly illustrated series examines, at introductory and general readership level, the world of geology. Volumes cover everything from the basic building blocks of geological study, fossils and minerals, to the complex workings of plate tectonics. This volume in the series tells the story of the Earth's early history and how fossils provide clues to our past, what they tell us about the evolutionary process and rise and extinction of species, and how they are laid down in the Earth's rocks. The author also discusses crystals and minerals and how they grow. The volume concludes with further information on rare and unusual minerals.

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