Geology

Geology is the science comprising the study of solid Earth, the rocks of which it is composed, and the processes by which they change. Geology can also refer generally to the study of the solid features of any celestial body (such as the geology of the Moon or Mars).

Old Rock (Is Not Boring)
Underland
Origins: How Earth's History Shaped Human History
The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization
The Ends of the World: Supervolcanoes, Lethal Oceans, and the Search for Past Apocalypses
Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens
The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet
Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization
The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade Its Rivers
The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California
Earth System Science: A Very Short Introduction
Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River
The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast
Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction
A New History of Life: The Radical New Discoveries about the Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth
The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology
Annals of the Former World
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
Basin and Range
Earth: An Intimate History
A Short History of Nearly Everything
A Crack in the Edge of the World
The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet
Rising from the Plains
Assembling California
Principles of Geology
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Reading the Rocks: The Autobiography of the Earth
The Ends of the World: Supervolcanoes, Lethal Oceans, and the Search for Past Apocalypses
The Control of Nature
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W.H. Auden
Soft as the earth is mankind and both need to be altered.
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Stephen Jay Gould
No Geologist worth anything is permanently bound to a desk or laboratory, but the charming notion that true science can only be based on unbiased observation of nature in the raw is mythology. Creative work, in geology and anywhere else, is interaction and synthesis: half-baked ideas from a bar room, rocks in the field, chains of thought from lonely walks, numbers squeezed from rocks in a laboratory, numbers from a calculator riveted to a desk, fancy equipment usually malfunctioning on expensive ...more
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