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The Modern Scholar: Geology Lecture

The Modern Scholar: Geology: The Story of Earth

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Publisher's Summary

Geology is often thought of as simply the study of rocks. In reality, geology is the study of our planet on all scales, from microscopic to planet-wide, and ranging in time from almost instantaneous events, like earthquakes, to the glacially slow motion of the tectonic plates. Everything we know about our world from a geologic perspective is based on information locked into the rock record and the job of a geologist is to tease out that story through a wide variety of observations. This insightful course explores a range of topics that help to tell the story of Earth and to explain the discipline of Geology and the role of the geologist.

Individual lectures explore subjects such as minerals, the three different rock types and how they relate through the rock cycle, as well as how the interior of the earth is divided and the processes that occur there. Further lectures explore geologic time and how we sort out the history of any given sequence of rocks, how rocks deform and how plate tectonics works, and many processes related to surface water and groundwater. Geology has grown to become a very broad field with numerous areas of specialization, but this course provides a substantial overview of some of the most important features and processes that affect us as we interact with our planet and as it interacts with us.

©2013 Kate Zeigler (P)2013 Crescite Group, LLC

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    Alvaro Z 05-25-14
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    "For a basic understanding of geology"
    What did you love best about The Modern Scholar: Geology?

    Very well read and written. Easy to understand, repeat the most important concepts and make sure the listener is comprehending the text.


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    For a begginer in geology (I am a mechanical engineer) it is a perfect companion for studying while driving, commuting or just walking.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dylan R. 05-30-16
    Dylan R. 05-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    was an excellent overview of many geologic concepts you could say it's a rock solid overview

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    Mike 05-17-16
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    "Enjoyed the material but...."

    This is a good overall introduction to geology. My only dislike is in her presentation. She uses the word "so" 3,4,5 or more times a minute. By the end of the lectures it was making me crazy.

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    R. Smith MN United States 04-16-16
    R. Smith MN United States 04-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    I'm very happy with this. The content and organization and presentation are superb. I highly recommend it for people like me who want a basic understanding of the most important aspects of geology. I was skeptical that an audio book would work well, but it does.

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    Steven Mark New Zealand 01-09-16
    Steven Mark New Zealand 01-09-16

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    "interesting, informative and well presented."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to anyone looking to get a good grounding in the basic concepts of geology in a well paced and well presented format. Ms Zeigler covers the basic rock types as well as elements, minerals and chemistry, including the processes involved in tectonics, feature formations etc. I particularly enjoyed the venture deep into the planet's different layers and was quite impressed with the inner workings of of the mantle and core, and how the cooling and heating of magma at different layers contributes to the earth's magnetic field. There was even an interesting discussion about sand - yes sand. As well as rivers, volcanoes, caves and so forth.
    BTW I also enjoyed Ms. Zeigler's presentation style and would definitely consider any other presentations she is involved in.

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    clark henry 08-21-15
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    "An excellent, concise review of a fascinating subject1"

    Dr. Ziegler is an a skillful, knowledgable lecturer. She really knows her stuff, and is able to present it in a fashion that is understandable to a non-geologist. I especially loved her analogies!

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    "Great for Intro or Exam Review"

    I'm brushing up on subjects for a comprehensive exam and this lecture served as a great refresher course. Explaining geological concepts can be tough but Dr. Ziegler did a great job!!

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    derick wilson 05-02-15
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    What made the experience of listening to The Modern Scholar: Geology the most enjoyable?

    I love how she breaks things down and very clear and understanding
    thanks for a great read ,..

    Captain , D Wilson
    U.S. coast guard merchant mariner


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