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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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  • Steven Mark
  • 09-01-16

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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  • Small Treasures
  • 30-07-15

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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  • Alvaro Z
  • 25-05-14

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.

Any additional comments?

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

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  • peter
  • 11-04-17

A total rip-off

What disappointed you about The Modern Scholar: Geology?

This is a ridiculously priced audio book. THERE IS LESS THAN 5 HOURS OF CONTENT! I've purchased all sorts of academic and professional literature through Audible and every singe one came with at least ten hours of content.

What was most disappointing about Professor Kate Zeigler’s story?

The first 45 minutes start with a droll recitation of Zeigler's credentials followed by the author explaining the most rudimentary facts of geology which I learned back in middle school.

Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Kate Zeigler’s performances?

No. Not for $50.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Modern Scholar: Geology?

Cutting content is hardly the problem. Geology is such a vast field a true academic should have no problem delivering triple the content for the money.

Any additional comments?

Zeigler and Audible have profoundly disappointed me.

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  • Paul E.
  • 28-02-17

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.

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  • R. Smith
  • 16-04-16

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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  • Kimberly
  • 29-11-16

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.
  • 30-05-16

solid

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

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  • clark henry
  • 21-08-15

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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  • david Ecklund
  • 07-09-18

Glass???

You need to do more research on the glass flowing. While true, glass flows, windows from the 1800s would not be noticeably thinner at the top.