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Geology & Earth Sciences

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If you are unfamiliar with a topic, it is often best to start with an encyclopedia, reference book or review article to gain a basic understaning of your topic as well as terminology used in the field.

Current Reviews from Annual Reveiw of Earth & Planetary Sciences

Note: the first several in the list may be prepublication notices--if you view the RSS feed or view the website, you will be able to see the full text of those already published. 

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Encyclopedias. Handbooks, etc.

Glossaries & Dictionaries

General Geology

Glossary of Geology 2N Ref  QE 5 .B38 2005

Geologic Glossary - a glossary of general terms related to geology from the U.S. Geological Survey's Geology of the National Parks web site.

Earthquakes

Earthquake Glossary - an illustrated glossary of earthquake-related terms from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Glaciers

Glossary of Glacier Terminology - an illustrated glossary of terms related to glacial geology, from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Mining

Glossary of Mining Terms - a glossary of terms related to mining developed by the Kentucky Mining Institute.

Oil & Gas

Oilfield Glossary - a detailed glossary of terms related to the oil and gas industry developed by Schlumberger.

Paleontology

Paleontological Glossary - a technical glossary from the University of California Museum of Paleontology.

Volcanoes

Glossary of Volcano Related Terms - a glossary of terms related to volcanoes and volcanism from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Water & Water Resources

Water Science Glossary - a generalized water dictionary from the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

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