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Inside Geology

Want to learn more about basic concepts in geology? Curious about a recent geologic event? Interested in studying a subject in depth?

The following chapters will link you to numerous topical class lectures, Web sites, references, news items, organizations, and glossaries.

  1. Forming the Earth
    1. A First Look at Planet Earth
    2. Minerals
    3. Igneous Processes and Igneous Rocks
    4. Volcanoes and Volcanism
    5. Weathering: The Breakdown of Rocks
    6. Sedimentation and Sedimentary Rocks
    7. Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks
    8. Telling Time Geologically, and A Brief History of Earth and Its Life Forms
  2. Shaping the Earth’ Crust
    1. Folds, Faults, and Mountains
    2. Earthquakes
    3. Geophysical Properties of Planet Earth
    4. Plate Tectonics:Creating Oceans and Continents
  3. Sculpting the Earth’ Surface
    1. Mass Movement
    2. Streams and Floods
    3. Groundwater
    4. Caves and Karst
    5. Glaciers and Ice Ages
    6. Deserts and Wind Action
    7. Shores and Coastal Processes
    8. Human Use of the Earth’ Resources


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