Best Reference Books – Geology

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Geology subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Geology along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Geology subject and came out with a recommended list of top 10 best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on "Geology" as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

1. “Principles of Physical Geology” by Arthur Holemess
2. “Dana’s Textbookof Mineralogy” by Ford W E

“Dana’s Textbook Of Mineralogy” Book Review: The book gives a brief on the important facts of well-defined mineral species. It also mentioned the facts about doubtful species that have recently lost their credit. Localities and occurrence of commoner minerals either in the form of the scientific or economic point of view have been made. It also discusses the all known localities of rare species. In most of the cases, the locality names which have been mentioned are similar to the spellings used by Time Atlas. Alternative names have also been used in the case of south-Central European countries.

3. “An Introduction to Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology” by Winter J D

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“An Introduction to Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology” Book Review: This book will be helpful for the students who have taken igneous and metamorphic petrology as a course. It is also useful for the programs that teach it separately. It is an updated book that covers igneous petrology. It also contains metamorphic petrology in this single volume. It provides quantitative and technical background for quantitatively oriented students. This book gives a clear and systematic approach to petrologic study. The main aim of the book is to make the students learn and apply the concepts in real occurrence. Worked out examples and computer-related problems are given at the end of the chapters.

4. “Structural Geology” by Billings M P

“Structural Geology” Book Review: This book is designed for b.sc and m.sc students which gives fundamentals of structural geology. It provides a strong basement in structural geology. It covers topics like field study of folds and office techniques of folds. It also discusses the formation of igneous rocks and geophysical methods. It provides mathematical methods to deal with mechanical principles. It contains laboratory exercises and references at the end of each chapter. Students can use those exercises to analyze geological problems.

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5. “Geology of India and Burma” by Krishnan M S
6. “The Practical Geologist: The Introductory Guide to the Basics of Geology and to Collecting and Identifying Rocks” by Dougal Dixon

“The Practical Geologist: The Introductory Guide to the Basics of Geology and to Collecting and Identifying Rocks” Book Review: This book gives an introduction to earth science from basic principles of geology. It starts with the history of the earth’s formation and its development. It discusses the movements that occur within the earth and the weather condition’s effects on the surface of the earth. It explains how to identify various types of rocks and minerals. It also contains a mapping section to know about the geological sites. This book comes with colourful illustrations which make the reader understand more.

7. “Geology For Dummies” by Alecia M Spooner

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“Geology For Dummies” Book Review: It is a book for students who have taken courses in geology and earth science. It is a classroom supplementary for the students. It discusses the earth’s history such as physical and chemical processes. It gives a brief on rocks and minerals which makes the students understand the process. Everything mentioned in the book is given in a straightforward manner. It includes pictures of rocks and minerals to know how it looks. It covers topics like geological processes, rock records and many more.

8. “Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology” by Edward J Tarbuck and Frederick K Lutgens
9. “Essentials of Geology” by Frederick K Lutgens and Edward J Tarbuck
10. “Geology: A Self-Teaching Guide” by Barbara W Murck

“Geology: A Self-Teaching Guide” Book Review: This book acts as a guide for students who are new to geology. It starts with the basics such as the formation of rocks, minerals and fossil fuels. It also explains about the formation of volcanoes and tectonic plate movements. It contains more than hundreds of illustrations that clarify difficult concepts. It is an interactive source for the students to follow. This book includes quick quizzes to have self-tests for students.

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11. “Geology” by James Geikie
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