Top 2016 Geology Books

These are my top five geology books published in 2016, mostly textbooks and reference books. YMMV, and they are not ranked in any way. Included is the text blurb; personal review available on request! Want more book recommendations? Check out the other top 2016 book lists: Zoology; Invertebrates; Arthropods; Vertebrates; …

Top 2015 Popular Geology Books

These are my top 5 popular geology books for 2015, including all branches of geology, from tectonics to minerals, and geology in society and human history. Personal reviews available on request! See the rest of this year’s book recommendations here! Pyrite: A Natural History of Fool’s Gold by David Rickard …

Top 2015 Academic Geology Books

These are my top 5 academic geology books for 2015. Note that as a palaeontologist, my interests are heavily biased towards sedimentology and geochronology. Personal reviews available on request! See the rest of this year’s book recommendations here! Origin of Carbonate Sedimentary Rocks (Wiley Works) by Noel P. James [American …

The End-Permian Extinction

251 million years ago, over 90% of all life in the oceans and 70% of all life on land died. This was the worst mass extinction the Earth ever experienced: the end-Permian extinction. The trouble started in Siberia, where a massive series of eruptions in the Siberian Traps started taking …

How do we know how old a rock or fossil is?

Getting an absolute date on the age of a rock or a fossil is actually pretty simple, despite that date being in the million- or billion-year range. Before getting to the actual process, it is necessary to discuss the phenomenon that allows us to date in geological time: radioactive decay. …