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The Modern Scholar: Geology Lecture

The Modern Scholar: Geology: The Story of Earth

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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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Paul E. 02-28-17
    Paul E. 02-28-17

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    "Great Overview of Our Earth"

    Ms. Zeigler makes a complex (for me) subject understandable. Her examples are easy to follow and illustrative of the point. Her narrative is clear, precise, and pleasant to listen to. She obviously knows and loves her life's work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 11-29-16
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    "great teacher. easy to understand!"

    very nice speaking voice. made what can sometimes be dry and informative into interesting conversational tones that are understandable.

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    Dylan R. 05-30-16
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    "solid"

    was an excellent overview of many geologic concepts you could say it's a rock solid overview

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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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    "Superb"

    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 01-09-16
    Steven Mark 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    clark henry 08-21-15
    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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    Small Treasures 07-30-15 Member Since 2016

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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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    wbiro 09-14-17
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    "Junior High Level Terms and Definitions - No Story"

    The publisher probably tacked-on the 'story' moniker to boost sales. There was no story aspect, it was a very dry rundown of terms, and I was thinking that this is the kind of lecture that causes people to hate geology. It also.made me realize that I had probably gone through all the good books and lectures, and now I was scraping the bottom.

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    Andy from FL 08-16-17 Member Since 2014

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    "Solid primer of geology"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As mentioned already, unfortunately in a critical manner, it is rather brief. However, when you look up a book on Audible, it tells you the length so HOW someone could complain about its length is beyond me. Actually, this is precisely WHY I chose this book. I wanted something that moved quickly and didn't get bogged down in minute details. Far too many times, professors fall in love with their own voice and end up dragging something out to the point that the listener's mind drifts and the next thing you know you are mentally wondering if it's time to clean the gutters. This book kept my attention the whole way through. She freely uses analogies to make a process or action understandable. She has a very down-to-earth way of speaking, something that is rare these days.
    Of course the book goes over the different types of rocks and rock formations but she also covers plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes. She also has a chapter on how geologist determine the age of things....though I discount most of this because it seems every day I read an article where they find some new fossil or artifact and they have to "shift" their time scale, sometimes by hundreds of thousands or millions of year. If you can suddenly shift time to THAT degree then forgive me if I don't put much trust in your dating methods.
    Anyway, the book is solid, fast-paced and VERY well read. I was genuinely disappointed when I checked for other audible books by her and found none.
    A good description for intelligence is being able to get your point across with the fewest words possible and at the same time using language that is understood by the majority of the people you are addressing. Prof Zeigler gets an A+ in this regard.

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