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Geology: The Key Ideas (Teach Yourself) [Paperback]

David Rothery
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Book Description

27 Aug 2010

Understand Geology is a definitive introduction to the nature and workings of the Earth. Extensively illustrated it covers everything from earthquakes and plate tectonics to the formation of rocks and minerals. With clear explanations of complex geological processes, and a glossary of specialist terms, this book will give you a new understanding of the planet we live on.


One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.


Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.


Extra online articles at to give you a richer understanding.


Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (27 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444103121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444103120
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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author skillfully builds the reader's understanding'

(Open University Geological Society Journal)

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Understand Geology is a comprehensive guide to the nature and history of the Earth, covering many key areas such as rocks, minerals and fossils, as well as discussing the implications of climate change and limitations in natural resources.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introductory Text 17 Mar 2011
This book is an excellent introduction to the key ideas in geology. This new revised edition has better quality photos than previous editions albeit the quality still is not ideal, also the layout is now much improved with insight boxes and new end of chapter things to remember lists.

The updated edition obviously contains information on more recent events and in places is much easier to understand than the previous edition. A worthwhile update that I highly recommend.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good introduction to geology 30 Jan 2012
By gen
A very handy book for beginners. Simple but well written, it is a great tool for who wants to know the basics of earth science.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for students and hobbiests 15 Jan 2013
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Was looking for a book that gave enough detail but not a text book, David Rothery is an expert in the field and writes in an informal way, its as though you are attending a lecture but one aimed at the general public rather than Uni. students.
Having said this don't think the book is basic but just that it starts with the basics and makes easy reading. I really enjoyed this book and have started a second by the same author..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Geology Book Rocks! 9 Dec 2012
By Jazz
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This book is a good read for anyone who is interested in geology. Some of the topics I already knew from my A-Level Geography lessons but there were other things that were new to me. It does have a lot of diagrams but unfortunately, these are not in colour and this can make them a little bit unclear. There is a section in the middle for the book that has a few coloured pictures though. At the end of the book, there are some appendices that will direct you to websites that contain even more information. There is a small rock guide at the back but this is very basic and there are no pictures. This book covers…
-The formation and structure of the Earth
-Rock formation
-Planetary geology
-Minerals and other resources
-And much more
If anyone wants an introduction to geology, they should really read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fundamentals of geology 11 Jun 2013
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I suppose different people will have different expectations of this book. I have got interested in geology later than most and so have a long way to go to understand even some of it. This book has gone a long way to help.
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4.0 out of 5 stars geology key ideas 30 Sep 2012
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Love the book, diagrams are good, explanations clear and not full of confusing terminology. One improvement though would have to be that the whole book would benefit from being printed in a text book style with ALL the pictures in colour and on nice white smooth paper. Ideal for those new to geology and those who wish to have clear explanations. I also think the little warnings about the use of certain terms is excellent. Definatly one to recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 14 April 2014
By Abigail
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I recommend this book for anyone interested in geology as it provides an exceptional foundation to those who either wish to engage in further study but lack the core facts, or to those who enjoy reading geology in their leisure time. It's a book for all, a fantastic read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good refresh in geology principles
I study a BSc in geology but did not go into a geological related career, several years down the line, reading this was a good refresher of the things study with alot of the key... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Mark Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read
I really enjoyed reading this book and it's companion Volcanoes Earth Quakes and Tsunmasis. It explains everything in clear concise language, I would have like a small section on... Read more
Published 2 months ago by J P TAYLOR
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and up to date beginners guide
I have always felt that I would like to know more about geology and I have finally done something about it by buying and reading this book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr Alan F Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
As an undergraduate Geology student, this book helps understand key topics and explains them easily without making you feel foolish not to grasp them. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hubie Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book
The subject is simply explained so that even a complete newcomer to geology can understand it. A very readable book indeed.
Published 12 months ago by Mari Gold
4.0 out of 5 stars handy guide
great for an amateur to read. this handy guide provides support a level or degree courses. helpful tips in each section to guide you
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. Helen M. Govier
4.0 out of 5 stars Balanced and well written
Covering the key ideas in geology must have been a daunting prospect for David Rothery but I think he's done it very well. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Geoff Hodgson
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