Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A Dictionary of Geology & Earth Sciences (4th Edition)

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In preparing this new edition of our Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences I have changed the emphasis very slightly by increasing the number of entries for terms that are directly geological. The new title reflects this minor revision. At the same time, however, I have found it necessary to add more entries describing satellite missions and planetary discoveries. I have also added a new Appendix, listing web addresses for all the satellite missions described in dictionary entries.

Inevitably, the dictionary has grown a little longer. That is the way of dictionaries. New terms emerge, but old ones take a long time to die and disappear from the vocabulary. As with the third edition, I have worked alone. I have scrutinized every entry and made many small changes where I thought I could improve the clarity of definitions. If, inadvertently, I have introduced any errors, or failed to spot and remove earlier errors, I have no one to blame but myself. If you find a mistake I will be grateful if you draw it to my attention. You can contact me through my website.

Contributors and Advisers
A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences
Appendix A: Stratigraphic Units
Appendix B: Time-Scales
Appendix C: Wind Strength
Appendix D: SI Units, Conversions, and Multiples
Appendix E: List of useful websites
Appendix F: Satellite Missions

Author Details
"Michael Allaby"

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