Rocks: A Very Short Introduction by Jan ZalasiewiczRocks: A Very Short Introduction by Jan Zalasiewicz

Rocks: A Very Short Introduction

byJan Zalasiewicz

Paperback | November 23, 2016

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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 obtainnearly 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 this Very Short Introduction, Jan 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 whatrocks can tell us about the evolution of the Earth, and looks at those found in outer space and on other planets. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Dr Jan Zalasiewicz is 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 ecosystems ...
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Title:Rocks: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0 inPublished:November 23, 2016Publisher:OUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198725191

ISBN - 13:9780198725190

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Primordial Rocks2. First Rocks on a Dead Earth3. Earth Surface Processes: The Making of Sedimentary Rocks4. Rock Transformations: The Story of Metamorphism5. Rocks in the Deep6. Living Rocks, Evolving Rocks7. Rocks on Other Planets8. Human-made RocksFurther ReadingIndex