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The Modern Scholar: Geology

The Story of Earth
Narrated by: Professor Kate Zeigler
Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Environment
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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
  • 09-01-2016

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
  • 30-07-2015

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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  • Paul E.
  • 28-02-2017

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
  • 16-04-2016

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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  • Alvaro Z
  • 25-05-2014

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.

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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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  • Kimberly
  • 29-11-2016

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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  • clark henry
  • 21-08-2015

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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  • oregon
  • 28-06-2019

Very informative and easy to listen to.

My kids are interested in rocks. So, I get lots of questions like “Daddy, what is this rock?” Something in the range 323 times every day. Not being a geologist, I have no clue and my kids are starting to think I am really dumb and don’t know anything. So, now I need to study up on rocks. Professor Zeigler did a great job with this course. She spoke well during narration. I learned a lot. I like the way she talks and the words she uses (ie. Critter. :) ). Many of her descriptions and analogies are very entertaining. If you have an interest in geology, this course is for you. Now that the weather is warm and the insects are out, I’m being asked to identify every bug we come across. I hope they have a course about bugs......

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  • Don_the_commando
  • 10-03-2019

Geology made easy (too?)

A super-simple introduction to geology. Almost too simple to be interesting. Presented at a level that is probably appropriate for elelementary school or maybe middle school.

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  • The Newmans
  • 01-01-2019

excellent introduction to geology

I've listened to it three times, while working in the yard and enjoyed it each time. Very well put together lectures and well presented.

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  • M S Howard
  • 17-11-2018

Geology basics - all delivered enthusiastically

Did short courses on basic geology a few years ago. This brought it all back and more. Wish I'd had these lectures then. I really like the knowledgeable and very enthusiastic delivery style of this set of lectures.

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  • melvyn jones
  • 17-11-2018

Great introduction to Geology.

Having struggled on a previous Geology course , this book helped to clarify key concepts.