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Rocks : A Very Short Introduction - Jan Zalasiewicz

Rocks

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 8th December 2016
ISBN: 9780198725190
Number Of Pages: 144

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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 obtain nearly 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 what rocks 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, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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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 *

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

ISBN: 9780198725190
ISBN-10: 0198725191
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 8th December 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.02 x 10.92  x 1.02
Weight (kg): 0.12

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