Whether searching for oil, or uranium to run power plants, the search is directed by geologists. In Core Geology, the building blocks of this most contemporary science are laid out in a logical order...
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30 minutes, Produced in 2007
Not since the discovery of gold in 1848 has the understanding of the world's geology been more important to the welfare of the nation.
Throughout history the rise and fall of civilizations has been propelled by the abundance and scarcity of valued resources. At no time has this been truer than in the 21st century. Whether it is the search for oil or silicon to make microchips or uranium to run power plants, the search is directed by geologists. In Core Geology, the building blocks of this most contemporary science are laid out in a logical order, including the meaning of the fossil record.
1669 - The Geological Laws - With brilliant reasoning, 17th century Danish naturalist Nicolas Steno deduced the three fundamental laws of geology that would become the basis for this science to the present day.
1812 - Properties of Minerals - The identifying properties of minerals are laid out including Mohs hardness scale.
1830 - Geology Occurs by Natural Processes - By the middle of the 19th century, it was understood geologists that forces that shaped the earth are the same ones occurring today.
1833 - The Three Types of Rocks - Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic - The three rock types are defined and illustrated.
1837 - A Past Ice Age is Theorized - Many of Earth's features were a mystery until it was discovered that they were produced by massive ice sheets that periodically cover much of the planet.
1907 - Radioactive Decay is Used to Date the Earth- This chapter tells the story of how modern physics is used to date the earth.
1912 - Alfred Wegener Proposes Continental Drift Theory - Mountain building, the shapes of the continents, volcanoes and earthquakes are explained by the theory plate tectonics.
1972 - Ancient Life and the Fossil Record - How fossils are formed, their age and how the fossil record sheds light on evolution is presented in this chapter.