The Handy Geology Answer Book

by Patricia Barnes-Svarney and Thomas E Svarney

"...offers clear, detailed explanations of the many fascinating and diverse aspects of geology. The book is written in understandable language, but the answers are not over-simplified..."

American Reference Books

"...invites browsing and injects a fun style into the learning process."


These award-winning science writers answer such puzzlers as: What is the theory of continental drift?

What are polarity reversals? They deliver captivating reading and easy understanding of the complexities that shaped our planet, as they answer nearly 1,000 of the most often asked questions.

The book is organized into 21 topical chapters, tracing the formation of the universe and the planet, investigating the layers of the Earth, and explaining the formation of mountains and bodies of water. Questions and answers are also devoted to volcanoes, fault lines, caves, fossil fuels, world morphological features, and even the geology of other planets. Entertaining and informative, Handy Geology combines vivid, clear writing with a great format. There?s also a helpful glossary and a resource section on educational places, government organizations, sources of geological supplies, and other references, including geo-magazines and web sites.

About Patricia Barnes-Svarney

Patricia Barnes-Svarney Patricia Barnes-Svarney has been a nonfiction science and science fiction writer for more than 15 years. She has a master's degree in geography/geomorphology and has worked professionally as a geomorphologist and oceanographer. She has written or coauthored more than 20 books, including The New York Public Library Science Desk Reference, and has written more than 300 articles for science magazines and journals.

Hometown: Endicott, New York

About Thomas E Svarney

Thomas E Svarney Thomas E. Svarney is a scientist, naturalist, and artist. With Patricia Barnes-Svarney, he is the author of numerous science books, including Skies of Fury, The Handy Geology Answer book, The Handy Ocean Answer Book, and The Handy Dinosaur Answer Book. He has also contributed to several books, including The New York Public Library Desk Reference.

Hometown: Endicott, New York

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