New Book Reviews & Articles
- Rappelling at North Bend State Park - A Unique Way of Viewing the Rocks of Ritchie County, WV, by Rochelle Caviness.
A quick overview of the types of surface rocks found in Ritchie County, WV, and how taking a rappelling course at North Bend State Park can provide you with a unique vantage point from which to look at these rocks.
- Volcanoes: Fire and Life, by Jon Chad.
Volume 3 in the Science Comics Series, Volcanoes: Fire and Life is a graphic novel that teaches young readers about Volcanoes through the guise of a riveting story about a young girl whose tribe lives on a frozen Earth where they struggle to find enough things to burn to stay warm, a world in which only Aurora has discovered that volcanoes might be their only hope for survival - if she can get anyone to listen to her...
- Magnetic Magic, by Terry Catasús Jennings.
A 32-page picture book that teaches young children about magnetism, magnets, the north magnetic pole, how a compass works, and so, so much more!
- Coal Geology, 2e, by Larry J. Thomas.
A remarkably concise, yet relatively nontechnical, overview of coal geology. This book covers a broad range of topics from the physical qualities of coal and where it can be found to coal mining and using coal as an 'alternative' energy source.
- The Amateur Geologist: Learning Chemistry for Free, by Richard S. Rodgers.
A look at UCI's free Open Chemistry program that gives the self-learner the opportunity to take a range of chemistry courses, from an introductory course all the way through some graduate level chemistry courses.
- Subduction Dynamics: From Mantle Flow to Mega Disasters, edited by Gabriele Morra, David A. Yuen, Scott D. King, Sang-Mook Lee, and Seth Stein.
This monograph focuses on subduction dynamics and the role they play in earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes. It is geared to those working in the fields of geophysics and related disciplines. This book will also be of interest to advanced geology students and serious self-learners.
- Visualizing Geology, 4e, by Barbara W. Murck and Brian J. Skinner.
This textbook offers non-science majors a basic introduction to the fundamentals of geology and earth system science. Chocked full of full-color illustrations, this book is ideal for visual learns.
- Earth Materials: Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology, by Cornelis Klein and Anthony Philpotts.
This book offers an accessible and fully-illustrated introduction to mineralogy for college students and rock hounds looking for information on how to scientifically identify rocks and minerals.
- Fundamentals of Gas Shale Reservoirs, edited by Reza Rezaee.
An up-to-date and highly informative overview of the fundamentals of gas shale, from its mapping and exploration to well production and environmental concerns. For advanced geology and petroleum engineering students, and for academics and professionals working in all fields related to the shale gas industry.
- Chemical Fundamentals of Geology and Environmental Geoscience, 3e, by Robin Gill.
This introductory chemistry book focuses upon those elements of chemistry that are most relevant to the study of geology and environmental geoscience. It assumes no prior background in chemistry and it is suited for use in the classroom and as a refresher course for more mature students.
- Pandas' Earthquake Escape, by Phyllis J. Perry.
When an earthquake devastating their panda sanctuary, LiLing and her cub Tengfei are forced to flee. This educational children's picture book teaches kids about both earthquakes and pandas, and it provides educational activities for further study.
- Dino Tracks, by Rhonda Lucas Donald.
Learn about the tracks left behind by dinosaurs, and what scientists can learn from these traces, in this delightful 32-page children's book. This is the first in a two-part series that introduces children to the world of paleontology.
- Collector's Guide to the Amphibole Group, by Robert J. Lauf.
With more than 130 full-color illustrations and an in-depth overview of the various species that comprise the amphibole group, this book provides both collectors and professionals with an edifying introduction to this complex and often beautiful group of minerals.
- The Encyclopedia of Volcanoes, 2e, editor-in-chief Haraldur Sigurdsson.
A comprehensive and up-to-date reference book on volcanism that contains 78 articles by experts from around the world, coving topics ranging from the history of volcanology to extraterrestrial volcanism.
- Geology Super Review, by the Staff of Research & Education Association.
This is a handy review guide that covers the fundamentals of both physical and historical geology. It is perfect for those just looking for a general overview of the subject, as well as, for both high school and college, who are looking for a study guide on basic geology.
- Dino Treasures, by Rhonda Lucas Donald.
In this delightful children's book, Donald explores the world of paleontology by describing some of the items and information that scientists have learned about dinosaurs from their fossilized and trace remains.
- This Land is Your Land, by Catherine Ciocchi.
This is an innovative book that teaches children ages 4-8 about landforms and basic geological structures. Told in rhyme, this picture book is ideal for young readers and as a read-out-loud book for pre-readers.
- Julie the Rockhound, by Gail Langer Karwoski.
When Julie finds a crystal behind her house, her dad teaches her all about quartz crystals and starting Julie on her quest to become a full-fledge rockhound. For kids in grades K-4.
- Mineral Treasures of the Ozarks, by Bruce L. Stinchcomb.
Part travel guide, and part collecting guide, this book provides a lively survey of the Mississippi Valley Type (MVT) minerals found in the Ozark Highlands, including galena, quartz, agates, barite, zinc, copper, cobalt, nickel, iron, calcite, dolomite, fluorite, and many more.
- Collector's Guide to the Zeolite Group, by Robert J. Lauf.
Filled with more than 200 stunning color photographs, this book provides a survey of 62 zeolite mineral series. It also provides information on what zeolites are, how they are formed, and where they can be found.
- Hiking Shenandoah National Park, 4e, by Bert and Jane Gildart.
A detailed hiking guide that covers 59 different hikes within the geological unique Shenandoah National Park. The hikes have difficultly levels ranging from easy to strenuous, and they include both day hikes and overnight trips.
- The Modern Rockhounding and Prospecting Handbook, by Garret Romaine.
A fun to read, and use, guidebook on the ins-and-outs of rock, fossil, and meteorite collecting, as well as offering insights into prospecting for gold. This handy guide also offers tips on getting outfitted for your rock collecting expeditions, and displaying your new treasures once you get them home.
- Maryland's Geology, by Martin F. Schmidt, Jr.
Schmidt provides a comprehensive, yet highly readable, over view of Maryland's geology and the geologic forces that sculpted its landscape.
- Introduction to Radioactive Minerals, by Robert Lauf.
Focusing on uranium and thorium, this book provides an excellent introduction to radioactive minerals, including how they are formed, mined, and used. It also provides advice on how and where you can collect them.
- Elements of Petroleum Geology, 3e, by Richard C. Selley and Stephen A. Sonnenberg.
Fully updated and revised, this new edition of Elements of Petroleum Geology is essential reading for students and oil industry professionals of every ilk. It also offers motivate amateurs with a detailed and understandable introduction to the rapidly changing field of petroleum geoscience.
- Roadside Geology of Ohio, by Mark J. Camp.
Featuring twenty-five self-guided driving tours that crisscross the state. The Roadside Geology of Ohio provides travelers with a detailed overview of Ohio's geology and key points of geologic interest found throughout the state. It includes detailed maps of both the routes and the geology you will be traveling through.
- Ohio Rocks! A Guide to Geologic Sites in the Buckeye State, by Albert B. Dickas.
A delightful guide to fifty geological sites in Ohio, most of which are public access sites and which are family-friendly! Along the way you also learn about the geologic history of Ohio and you get to view some marvelous pictures of the sites you can visit throughout the state.
- Iowa's Geological Past: Three Billion Years of Change, by Wayne I. Anderson.
A detailed and readable overview of the historical geology of Iowa, revealed one layer at a time starting during the Precambrian epoch and continuing through the last great ice age that occurred during the Cenozoic period.
- Iowa's Minerals: Their Occurrence, Origins, Industries, and Lore, by Paul Garvin.
Informative and engaging, Iowa's Minerals is a book that provides a detailed, yet a highly accessible overview of Iowa's minerals, along with information on collecting and identifying these varied minerals.
- Geology for Dummies, by Alecia M. Spooner.
Spooner offers an outstanding introduction to the fundamentals of geology in her book Geology for Dummies. This book is ideal for use by independent learners, as well as a review text or study guide for students taking an introductory geology course.
- Exploring the Geology of the Carolinas, by Kevin G. Steward and Mary-Russell Roberson.
An outstanding field guide to the Carolinian geology that covers thirty-six different sites across the Blue Ridge, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain of both North and South Carolina.
- ASBOG Exam Secrets Study Guide, from Mometrix Test Preparation.
A handy study guide that presents the core concepts that you need to know in order to pass the ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology (FG) and the ASBOG Practice of Geology (PG) examinations.
- ASBOG Exam Flashcard Study System, from Mometrix Test Preparation.
These flashcards will help you learn and review the information you need to know in order to pass the ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology (FG) and the ASBOG Practice of Geology (PG) examinations.
- What are the ASBOG Exams? And, Do I Really Have to Take Them?, By Boris Segel.
An overview of what the ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology (FG) and the ASBOG Practice of Geology (PG) examinations are, and why you might want to take them even if you can get a good job without them.
- Shale Gas and Fracking: The Science Behind the Controversy, by Michael Stephenson.
The very word 'fracking' engenders strong emotions in most people who hear the word. But what really is fracking? Is it as bad as some people say, or does it have any good qualities? In Shale Gas and Fracking, Professor Michael Stephenson provides an unbiased and highly readable overview of the history and science behind fracking, and the potential long-term implications of shale gas production.
- Fossils of West Virginia, by Dr. Hassan Amjad.
A two-volume set that details the fossil history of West Virginia. Enhanced by more than 1,000 illustrations, this set provides a visual record of the fossils most commonly found throughout the state. In addition, it provides a concise overview of the geological and fossil history of West Virginia, and related topics.
- Collecting Fluorescent Minerals, by Stuart Schneider.
This book offers an informative introduction to finding and collecting fluorescent minerals. The bulk of this book consists of around 870 color photos showing various rocks pictured in natural daylight, followed by one or more pictures showing the same rock under an ultraviolet light, highlighting the fluorescent minerals in the rock.
- The Complete Dinosaur, edited by M. K. Brett-Surman, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr., and James O. Farlow.
What do we know about dinosaurs, and how do we know it? How did dinosaurs grow, move, eat, and reproduce? Were they warm-blooded or cold-blooded? These and many more questions are answered in The Complete Dinosaur.
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