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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Environmental Hazards: Assessing Risk and Reducing Disaster, by Keith Smith
Smith merges hard science with data from the social sciences, to explore the environmental, political, and economic implications inherent in attempting to reduce, or prevent the occurrence of, an environmental hazard.

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.

Geological Hazards: Their Assessment, Avoidance and Mitigation, by Fred G. Bell.
This book offers a through introduction into the study of geological hazards, both natural and manmade. These hazards run the gamut from volcanic activity to ground water contamination.

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.

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.

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.

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