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Bootstrap Geologist: My Life in Science

Author: Gene Shinn

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Known worldwide among geologists, marine scientists, and petroleum engineers, Gene Shinn sometimes seems a product of another century.

Born in the Florida Keys, he attended the University of Miami on a music scholarship, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. A U.S. national champion spearfisher, he worked as a salvage diver, becoming an expert in the use of dynamite underwater. A self-tutored field geologist for nearly 50 years, he made major geological findings that have significantly changed professional and academic knowledge of undersea oil reserves. Shinn helped invent technology for underwater core drilling, and more recently, he has studied the effects of transoceanic African dust on coral reefs, agriculture, and human health. He’s even the basis for a character in a mystery novel.

In Bootstrap Geologist Shinn enthusiastically shares the highs and lows of his remarkable life. Taking readers around the globe as well as below the ocean, he recounts the painstaking process of data gathering that can lead to paradigm-breaking discoveries. He emphasizes the importance of field science and pointedly addresses the use and abuse of scientific research and the emergence of market-funded research.

Published by the University of Florida Press.
Product Code:
BOOT
Published:
July 01, 2013
ISBN Number:
978-0-8130-4436-1
Pages:
308
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Environmental Mineralogy II (Vol. 13)

Environmental Mineralogy II
Editors: David J. Vaughan and Roy A. Wogelius
Description:
Minerals, as the inorganic solids that comprise the rocks, sediments and soils of Earth, are an essential part of our environment. So, in a sense, all mineralogy is environmental mineralogy. However, the term environmental has come to be employed (particularly in combination with terms such as science, issue or problem) to refer to those systems at or near the surface of Earth where the geosphere comes into contact with the hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. This is, of course, the environment upon which the human race depends for survival and, hence, is now sometimes referred to as the critical zone. It can be subject to disruptions due to human activity, particularly activity associated with the exploitation and utilization of Earth's resources. This is the sense in which we use the term environmental in this book.
Product Code:
EMU013
Published:
May 20, 2013
ISBN Number:
978-0-903056-32-8
Pages:
489
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EMU Notes in Mineralogy (Vol. 12)

Full Title: Raman Spectroscopy Applied to Earth Sciences and Cultural Heritage (Vol. 12)
Editors: J. Dubessy, M.-C. Caumon, and F. Rull
Description:
In earth sciences and cultural heritage science, we can only understand the formation of the "objects" if they are well characterized. Optical observation, including optical microscopy, is still the primary tool and is essential in obtaining a preliminary, qualitative determination of an object, to determine the relations between it and other objects, and to place it in a general context. Most of the time, however, optical observations are insufficient. Spectroscopic methods are the second set of eyes used to gain greater insight into these objects and to use physical chemistry, if applicable, to derive the mechanisms of formation. Spectroscopic methods are numerous and were described in EMU Volume 6 (2004). In chapter 7 of that volume, Raman spectroscopy was addressed by Nasdala et al. Though that volume provides a useful means to gain a general understanding of the contribution of each spectroscopy to mineralogy, no details of the theory, instrumentation, and applications to the different types of objects could be provided. In the past eight years, there have been many improvements in the instrumentation which makes Raman spectroscopy a versatile technique used in many earth science and cultural heritage laboratories and so it appeared appropriate to have a school and a book dedicated to Raman spectroscopy alone.
Product Code:
EMU012
Published:
December 20, 2012
ISBN Number:
9780903056311
Pages:
504
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Tectonic Styles in Canada: The LITHOPROBE Perspective

Editors: Fred Cook, John Percival, and Ron Clowes
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This volume (Special Paper 49 from the Geological Association of Canada) provides an in-depth overview of most of the major scientific results deriving from the LITHOPROBE project, Canada's 20+ year national research project in the earth sciences. The project combined multidisciplinary earth science studies of the Canadian landmass and surrounding offshore margins to determine how the northern North American continent formed over geological time from 4000 million years ago to the present.

Although LITHOPROBE results have been published in hundreds of scientific articles during the life of the project, and in a series of special issues of the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, Special Paper 49 is the only book to be published on LITHOPROBE scientific results. Seven chapters cover the wide range of geotectonic regions studied through the ten LITHOPROBE transects (study areas) and an eighth provides a summary. Each chapter incorporates a geological overview and discusses a range of physical parameters as appropriate to the area (e.g., crustal thickness and its variation; crustal structure, composition, seismic velocity and reflectivity; nature of orogen margins; age and style of rifting; nature and age of accreted terranes; nature and age of continental magmatic arcs; location and nature of paleo-suture zones; age and style of accretion; variation of P-T conditions through time; and the age and style of post-collisional processes).

The chapters also include discussions of important aspects of orogenic and post-orogenic evolution, have extensive reference lists, and include many color illustrations. This volume will be the main source of information about the Canadian landmass for many years to come. The authors include many individuals who were key players in the LITHOPROBE project, in particular the editors John Percival, Fred Cook and Ron Clowes, the latter of whom was director of the project from its inception to the end.
Product Code:
LPROBE
Published:
November 29, 2012
ISBN Number:
9781897095607
Pages:
512
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Geologic Time Scale Poster v. 4.0

Version 4.0!
Compilers: J.D. Walker, J.W. Geissman, S.A. Bowring, and L.E. Babcock
Description:
Use this colorful poster-size version of GSA’s 2012 Geologic Time Scale to decorate your office or classroom. Includes explanation of the chart by the compilers.

1 rolled sheet (18” by 27”)

Product Code:
GTSPOS
Published:
October 23, 2012
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Basic Geological Mapping, 5th Edition

Authors: Richard J. Lisle, Peter Brabham, and John W. Barnes
Description:
Part of The Geological Field Guide Series, Basic Geological Mapping, 5th Edition is an essential basic guide to field techniques in mapping geology. Now completely revised and updated, the book retains the concise clarity which has made it an indispensable instant reference in its previous editions. It provides the reader with all the necessary practical information and techniques that they will need while carrying out work in the field, covering a wide spectrum of different conditions, needs and types of countries. This edition covers new developments in technology including Google Earth and the use of GPS. This is an ideal field guide to geological mapping for 2nd or 3rd year undergraduates of geology, hydrogeology, and geological engineering.

Published by Wiley.
Product Code:
MAPPING
Published:
September 20, 2011
ISBN Number:
9780470686348
Pages:
230
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From the Outside Looking In

Author and Illustrator: Charles Ferguson Barker
Description:
9.75" × 7.75" paperback with illustrations

Too sick to go to school, Sean is entertained when his fisherman puppet comes to life and they leave the Earth to see it from the outside looking in. This book, which is told mainly in rhyme, introduces young readers (ages 4–8) to plate tectonics. The detailed black-and-white pencil drawings are sure to delight readers of all ages.

Charles Ferguson Barker earned his bachelor's degree in geology at Arizona State University, where he first learned about plate tectonics from his professor Dr. Robert S. Dietz, who coined the phrase “seafloor spreading.” After earning his master's degree in geology at Boston University, Barker decided to write and illustrate a book for children, introducing the basic concepts of plate tectonics. Barker teaches geology, presents lectures to elementary school students about geology, and works in the environmental consulting field.

Product Code:
OUTSIDE
Published:
September 12, 2011
ISBN Number:
9780813760339
Pages:
28
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Annual Review of Earth & Planetary Sciences, vol. 39, 2011

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The Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, in publication since 1973, covers significant developments in fields ranging from geochemistry, mineralogy, geobiology, and geophysics to ocean and atmospheric sciences, hydrology, regional geology, tectonics, and planetary sciences. This journal is ideal for students, professors, and researchers in the field of geoscience, planetary and space sciences, and astronomy.
Product Code:
ARVOL39
Published:
July 27, 2011
ISBN Number:
0824320393
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Field Geophysics, 4th Edition

Authors: John J. Milson and Asger Eriksen
Description:
This handy, pocket-sized field guide provides practical information and assistance to anyone engaged in small-scale surveys on the ground. Fully revised and updated throughout, the fourth edition includes comprehensive updates on the use of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and global positioning systems (GPS) and new sections on surface wave seismics and towed array systems. This has become the standard text in this area for use in the field, and the experience of the two authors will ensure the book retains its place as one of the most popular handbooks in applied geophysics.

  • Fully revised and updated to incorporate new developments in the field;
  • Focus on quality control of the acquisition of data and basic field interpretation;
  • User-friendly, accessible writing style;
  • Includes updates on GPR and the use of GPS;
  • New section on surface wave methods.
Published by Wiley.
Product Code:
GEOPHYS
Published:
February 20, 2011
ISBN Number:
9780470749845
Pages:
304
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EMU Notes in Mineralogy (Vol. 8)

Nanoscopic Approaches in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Editors: Frank E. Brenker and Guntram Jordan
Description:
The properties of matter at extreme length scales and the respective processes can differ markedly from the properties and processes at length scales directly accessible to human observation. This scale-dependent behavior is possible in both directions; toward very large and very small scales. Scientists explore the frontiers of these extreme length scales in an effort to gain insight into yet unknown properties and processes. While the exploration of larger scales has been established since the Renaissance era, a comprehensive investigation of small scales was impeded by the limitations of optical microscopy. These limitations were overcome in the twentieth century. Since then, a continuous series of developments in analytical power has taken place. Today these developments allow studies of properties and processes even at the molecular or atomic scale (often referred to as nanoscience). These modern nanoscientific possibilities have triggered new innovative projects in geosciences, providing fascinating insights into small scales. Therefore, nanogeoscience has become a very important geoscientific subdiscipline.
Product Code:
EMU008
Published:
October 20, 2010
ISBN Number:
9780903056250
Pages:
382
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