In eight chapters, each concerning a different rock type, Jan Zalasiewicz has succeeded in the daring challenge of presenting Earth’s rocks in a concise and enjoyable manner that will be appreciated by both the specialist and the novice. ROCKS, a very short introduction, is like carrying the Earth in your pocket. The originality of this book lies in the simplicity of the way in which rocks are presented, and in its emphasis on how rocks can be directly related to their formation processes. This book provides an original view of the different rock types, avoiding pedantic scholarly classification, making it...

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