The Oxford Companion to the Earth

The Oxford Companion to the Earth

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Baker & Taylor
Features articles, essays, and entries written by some 200 experts in the field, and provides information on the diverse fields of geology, geography, ecology, weather, and seismology.

Book News
Earth rules and is ruled in this Oxford encyclopedic companion. The companion claims to be for a wide readership, but even with its shorter sentences, the volume better serves those somewhat knowledgeable in these sciences. This typical example from the entry "subduction zones" illustrates the point: "Subduction zones form where an oceanic lithospheric plate is in collision with another plate, either oceanic or continental. The density of oceanic lithosphere is similar to that of the asthenosphere, and it can thus fairly easily be pushed down into the uppermost mantle." B&w drawings, graphs, and photos accompany 900 entries, many cross-referenced with suggestions for further reading. Featured are thematic lists grouping individual entries, themes such as atmosphere and meteorology, climate, geomorphology, geochemistry, geographic time and stratigraphy, marine geology, and sedimentology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Featuring articles, essays, and entries written by some two hundred experts in the field, this authoritative, comprehensive resource on the planet Earth provides a wealth of information on the diverse fields of earth science, presenting nine hundred alphabetically arranged entries that discuss geology, geography, ecology, weather, seismology, and more.

Oxford University Press
Here is a wealth of information on planet Earth, ranging from the heights of the ionsphere down to the red-hot molten core.
Written by some 200 expert contributors, and illustrated with over 600 pictures, including 16 pages of color plates, The Oxford Companion to the Earth offers 900 alphabetically arranged entries that cover everything from deserts and wetlands to mountains, caves, glaciers, and coral reefs. There are articles on natural phenomena such as tornadoes and tsunamis, volcanoes and earthquakes, jet streams and weather fronts; on the history of Earth, including the origin of life, Burgess Shale fauna, dinosaurs, and the Ice Ages; on key figures, such as Agassiz, Cuvier, Darwin, and Lamarck; and on such important ecological concerns as acid rain, the ozone layer, industrial waste disposal, and the greenhouse effect. The Companion also examines the great sources of wealth to be found in the Earth, from coal and oil to gold, silver, and diamonds, and many curious land formations, from sinkholes and fiords to yardangs and quicksand. There are brief entries on rock types, from amber to travertine, and extensive essays on cutting-edge aspects of the earth sciences, such as seismology and marine geology. The Companion includes extensive cross-references, suggested further reading, an index, and many useful appendices, with a geological timescale, facts and figures about the Earth, and a table of chemical elements.
The Oxford Companion to the Earth is a unique reference work, offering unrivaled coverage of our home planet. Generously illustrated and vividly written, it is a treasure house of information for all lovers of natural history, geology, and ecology, whether professional or amateur.

Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, c2000
ISBN: 9780198540397
Branch Call Number: R 550.3 OXF
Characteristics: x, 1174 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Hancock, Paul L.
Skinner, Brian J. 1928-
Alternative Title: The earth


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