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Rocks: A Very Short Introduction

Jan Zalasiewicz

December 2016

ISBN: 9780198725190

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Rocks are crucial constituents of our lives, not only making the solid ground beneath our feet, but breaking up into the soil that feeds our crops, and providing the metal ores and other materials vital for civilization. This Very Short Introduction introduces the structure and diversity of rocks on Earth, in outer space, and on other planets.

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Rocks are crucial constituents of our lives, not only making the solid ground beneath our feet, but breaking up into the soil that feeds our crops, and providing the metal ores and other materials vital for civilization. This Very Short Introduction introduces the structure and diversity of rocks on Earth, in outer space, and on other planets.

  • Looks at how rocks are formed, how they evolve, and how we can examine and glean histories from them
  • Covers metamorphic, igneous, and sedimentary rock, as well as minerals
  • Explores how rocks feature in nature and man-made structures, from plant pots to the Earth's crust
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Jan Zalasiewicz, Senior Lecturer in Geology, Leicester University

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 and environments across over half a billion years of geological time. He has published over a hundred papers in scientific journals and is the author of several books for OUP, including The Earth After Us (2008), The Planet in a Pebble (2012) and, with co-author Mark Williams, The Goldilocks Planet (2012) and Ocean Worlds (2014).

Table of Contents

    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

Reviews

"This is a thorough and succinct account, accessible to all who would like a concise introduction on a wide and highly researched topic — rocks... Zalasiewicz is a great storyteller who captures your imagination as concepts are explained using straightforward prose." - Amy-Jo Miles, Geoscientist