Reviewed by Boris Segel - July 21, 2015
Written for both those studying geology for the first time, and those needing a quick review, Geology Super Review provides readers with a concise, yet comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of physical and historic geology. Written by the staff of the Research & Education Association and edited by Dr. Steven Baumann, this book is an ideal study guide for advanced high school and first year geology students. This book is also suited as a review text for those studying for any basic geology exam.
The information contained in this book is organized into thematic sections covering topics such as:
There are also chapters devoted to the various geological time periods, including the Pre-Cambrian, Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous & Permian, Mesozoic, Cenozoic, and Quaternary periods. An overview of common minerals can be found in the book's appendix.
- Geologic Time
- Fossils, Rocks, and Time
- The Earth's Interior
- Rocks and Minerals
- Historical Geology
Throughout you will find a small, but helpful selection of black and white illustrations, maps, and charts that expand upon the text. Geology Super Review is written in an easy to understand style with all technical terms defined within the body of the text. Most important, the information is presented in an intuitive manner that makes the information easy to understand. Although the information in this book is presented in a somewhat sequential format, you do not need to read / study the book from the very beginning to get the full benefit of the text. However, I would recommend taking a linear approach with this book if you have never studied geology before. If you are using this book as a study guide, or review text, skipping around and just using the sections that you need will work quite well as you can always refer to another section if you come across a term or topic that you need additional review. While the text does not include an index, the book's table of contents (TOC) is quite detailed and you should be able to find any specific topic that you are looking for using the TOC.
Overall, this book offers students an excellent general outline / review of basic geology. What I like best about this book is its plethora of chapters covering Historical Geology and the geological time periods. These sections will prove especially useful for rockhounds and fossil hunters who are looking for a detailed overview of historical geology, without sitting through a university course. These sections will also aid anyone taking a university level course in historical geology prepare for relevant exams.
In the realm of textbooks, this review guide is very inexpensive while also packing a lot of information into a mere 520 pages. It is an ideal starting point for anyone interested in gaining a basic understanding of geology, and it will ably serve anyone who needs a quick review or a study guide to help them prepare for their next test or homework assignement!
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.
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.
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