Intro to Geology

Intro to Geology - IMPERIAL, Gliezl Allison 2011-02147 What...

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IMPERIAL, Gliezl Allison Geol 11 2011-02147 Introduction to Geology What is Geology? Geology is a broad scientific discipline that studies Earth through the history and processes of rocks and minerals. It includes the formation and life of volcanoes, rivers, mountain ranges, and canyons. Geology is the study of the Earth, its substances, shapes, processes and history. Geology is the study of the Earth, its processes, its materials, its history, and its effect on humans and life in general. Rocks, crystals, mountains, earthquakes, volcanoes, rivers, glaciers, landslides, floods, and many other subjects fall into this broad field of research. Branches of Geology 1. Physical Geology Mineralogy- the study of the chemical composition and structure of minerals; Petrology- the study of the composition and origin of rocks; geomorphology, the study of the origin of landforms and their modification by dynamic processes; geochemistry- the study of the chemical composition of earth materials and the chemical changes that occur within the earth and on its surface; geophysics- the study of the behavior of rock materials in response to stresses and according to the principles of physics; sedimentology- the science of the erosion and deposition of rock particles by wind, water, or ice; structural geology - the study of the forces that deform the earth's rocks and the description and mapping of deformed
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This note was uploaded on 06/29/2011 for the course GEOL 16 taught by Professor Punjabi during the Spring '11 term at Santa Rosa.

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