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The Practical Geologist: The Introductory Guide to the Basics of Geology and to Collecting and Identifying Rocks

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From exploring the basic principles of geology to starting a rock and mineral collection, The Practical Geologist is the perfect introduction to the world of earth science.
Beginning with a history of the earth's formation and development, this book explores the substances that compose the planet, movements within the earth, the surface effects of weather and water, and u
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 15th 1992 by Touchstone
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Linda Fielder

So far I am finding this book very interesting. Explains things well with good visual presentations.
I found this book on one of my shelves and decided to read it. I have no idea where or when I got this book.

This was an interesting book. I think I would have gotten a lot more out of it had I more familiarity of geology terms/jargon. I found out some interesting facts and discovered there was a lot more to the study of geology than I ever imagined.
Aside from one general geology course during my undergrad studies, I am a complete geologist novice. We are taking a geology vacation through California this summer and I wanted brush up on what little knowledge I have so I can better enjoy the trip. This was the perfect book for such an occasion. It is outdated in some areas, but the fundamental geology info is sound. Is is easily understood and presents information in an organized, esy to read manner. For someone with limited knowledge, this i ...more
Gary Braham
The biggest problem I had with the book is it doesn't know what it is trying to be. Is it introductory, is it a review? Is it for Hs or college? It's also a cross between what a practical geologist should know, and should do. Depending on the goal, the book might be too short, or not long enough. It wasn't entirely bad. It reminded me of some of the stuff I did in college. It felt like a two page summary of things I spent an entire month on at college.
This book is just the right length for the arm-chair geologist. What I don't like about it is how it is used as a textbook. It is way too breezy and superficial to be used as a textbook. Not enough technical vocabulary is introduced to be of much use to a real student of geology.
This book was pretty lame. It was old--it talked about Soviet scientists and research going on in the USSR. Then it told you how to make a field notebook and how to crush a ping-pong ball so that it would look like the ocean floor. Not much help at all in identifying rocks!
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