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Rocks: A Very Short Introduction [Paperback]

Item : Rocks: A Very Short Introduction [Paperback]
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Author Author : Zalasiewicz, Jan
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0198725191
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780198725190
Publisher Publisher : Oxford University Press
Pages Pages : 144
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100421526

Rocks, more than anything else, underpin our lives. They make up the solid structure of the Earth and of other rocky planets, and are present at the cores of gas giant planets. We live on the rocky surface of the planet, grow our food on weathered debris derived from rocks, and we obtain nearly all of the raw materials with which we found our civilization from rocks. From the Earth's crust to building bricks, rocks contain our sense of planetary history, and are a guide to our future.

In thisVery Short IntroductionJan Zalsiewicz looks at the nature and variety of rocks, and the processes by which they are formed. Starting from the origin of rocks and their key role in the formation of the Earth, he considers what we know about the deep rocks of the mantle and core, and what rocks can tell us about the evolution of the Earth, and looks at those found in outer space and on other planets.

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Preface
1. Primordial rocks
2. First rocks on a dead Earth
3. Earth surface processes: the making of sedimentary rocks
4. Rock transformations: the story of metamorphism
5. Rocks in the deep
6. Living rocks, evolving rocks
7. Rocks on other planets
8. Human-made rocks
Further reading
Index

Dr. Jan Zalasiewiczis Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Leicester, having previously worked at the British Geological Survey. A field geologist, palaeontologist and stratigrapher, he teaches various aspects of geology and Earth history to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and is a researcher into fossil ecosyl#2

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