- Paperback: 420 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (17 February 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780071410441
- ISBN-13: 978-0071410441
- ASIN: 0071410449
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
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Derived from the world-renowned McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, Sixth Edition, this vital reference offers a wealth of essential information in a portable, convenient, quick-find format. Whether youre a professional, a student, a writer, or a general reader with an interest in science, there is no better or more authoritative way to stay up-to-speed with the current language of geology and mineralogy or gain an understanding of its key ideas and concepts.
Written in clear, simple language understandable to the general reader, yet in-depth enough for scientists, educators, and advanced students,The McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Geology & Mineralogy, Second Edition:
* Has been extensively revised, with 9,000 entries encompassing the language of geology and mineralogy
* Includes synonyms, acronyms, and abbreviations
* Provides pronunciations for all terms
* Covers such topics as physical geology, historical geology, mineralogy, marine geology, plate tectonics, petrology, sedimentology, and stratigraphy
* Includes an appendix containing tables of useful data and information
* Is based on the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms for more than a quarter-of-a-century THE standard international reference
Carefully reviewed for clarity, completeness, and accuracy, the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Geology & Mineralogy, Second Edition, offers a standard of excellence unmatched by any similar publication.
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The dictionary does not have "assay". It does not have "Arthrodiran" (a fossil fish). Its description of "Ash Cone" is verbatim from the AGI Dictionary of Geological terms (a 470 page paperback edition), but it leaves out 2/3 of the definition. Often the descriptions are so abbreviated that one does not learn much.
This dictionary does not come close to replacing a real geological dictionary. It is mis-labled in my opinion.
My only gripe (as noted in other reviews) is the book doesn't seem to be in kindle format. Most often, I will search for a work using the magnifying lens and then several definitions will pop up. I suppose these are listed in order or relevance, as the first result seems to be the common definition, however, this is not clearly indicated. Perhaps it is helpful to show a myriad of results...The searching is a bit slow as it gathers the related definitions. If you have a physical dictionary of geology near-by, this may be quicker, though as a student, keeping my load light is essential.
Bottom-line is I am happy with the purchase, albeit my opinion is that it is a little over priced. I would pay a similar amount for a more functional Glossary of Geology. Tell them to publish one!!!Glossary of Geology, 5th Edition
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