GEOLOGICA - Earth's Dynamic Forces
Robert Coenraads (Author), John I. Koivula (Author)
Millennium House : 10 × 12¾ inches (325 × 250 mm), ; 576 pp, 180,000 words; cased & jacketed ISBN 978-1-921209-06-2
Geologica is an informative study of Earth’s physical features, landscapes, plants and animals. The origins of the Earth are discussed, including the mechanism of tectonics—the force driving the movement of the continents. Over time, these tectonic forces thrust up mountains, build continents, and consume entire oceans. Lands meet and separate and the rocks that make up this planet are transformed from one landform to another. Following on from tectonics is a journey through the Earth’s geological history, presenting each geological time period since its formation. Learn how the Earth formed and how the continents and oceans have been continually transformed from continent to supercontinent and back. Discover how the underlying geological process shaped not only the landforms of the planet but the living things that inhabit it and their evolution. Geologica presents an in-depth insight into the different types of landscapes. Volcanoes, caves, deserts, glaciers, and deltas are explored in relation to their geological heritage. How each type of landform is created is revealed, followed by an exploratory trip into the most extraordinary examples found in all parts of the world. Mountain ranges, rift valleys, archipelagos, deltas, and geysers—and the geological processes that created them—are brought to life through pictures and mapping. Featuring over 700 color photographs of some of the world’s most impressive land-scapes, and detailed world and regional maps, Geologica is a useful resource for the student and an ideal reference book for the home library.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Big, Beautiful Book on Geologic Wonders
There are plenty of 'natural wonder' coffee table books out there, but this one comes closest to transporting the reader, with java in hand, to some of the Earth's greatest geological wonders. The book is huge, authored by a geologist, and filled with numerous full page photos and aerials. The accompanying text is written for readers with some background in the earth sciences, but the book will surely appeal to younger readers based on my own experience. My kids have been perplexed and amused by dad's interest in 'rocks', gawking at road cuts, trips to obscure sites, etc., and occasionally ask what all of the hoopla is about. When I pulled this one out of the box and they started quietly thumbing through, the fascination became pretty clear. We won't be able to visit many of the sites in this book, but if any book can stimulate an interest in actually visiting the varied landscapes and processes on Earth, this is it.
I learned about this title while examining the references of a paper on Australian geoheritage. I suspect in a few years we'll be seeing geoconservation books that cover the planet's greatest geologic treasures which have been given heritage status (see my review of GEODIVERSITY). Until then, Geologica does a fine job of providing the rationale for conserving geology for future generations 5.0 out of 5 stars Geologica--Earth's Geological Past.
James Safranek "Holocene Meltwater" (Steinbeck Country), June 18, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars Geologica--Earth's Geological Past
This book is easy to read and understand the dynamics of Earth's forces. With the most eye-popping pictures ever, it makes this book a real page turner.
By Linda Schmitz (TX USA) June 22, 2009. Amazon Verified Purchase
Nothing short of fantastic - This is a great book for anyone interested in geologic science. Coenraads and Koivula have put together a comprehensive book filled with a LOT of info. Even if you don't read a word in the whole book, the images alone are worth a peek. Absolutly spectacular. My only fault with this book is its massive size. It will be much better suited to laying on the coffee table and since if wont fit in most bookshelves that is probably a great place for it.
By rock jock (california), November 8, 2009
A stunning adventure! - The cover of this stunning book does not do it justice. First of all, it's huge and each page (and some images as a double page image) is filled with very high resolution (yes, I'll say it again - stunning) photography, just enough text to keep it flowing and small references to indigenous animals and plants. I can not say enough about it - giving it to my 10 year old nephew for Christmas and know that it will be something he may enjoy though adulthood. Do keep in mind, it is a very heavy tome - I'm guessing around 20+ lbs. I am really impressed and will likely order one for us as well. The book comes in a solid book box so it is well protected - an added bonus. Some editions also have a CD ROM - ours did. It's a great volume even with out it. Fabulous table top and an excellent resource.
By Victrola65 "Victoria" (Reston, VA), December 16, 2009
Looking at the world for the first time through Geology - I glanced through this book in the bookstore and decided to buy it for my husband. He was so thrilled. The next year at Christmas time he suggested getting a book for his son. The next year he asked me to order a couple for friends. That year we bought something like 8 copies or this book. It is a wonderful book for any age. School age children can look at the beautiful photos, and listen to someone read about them and people that either did not pay attention in school or forgot, can learn something too. We have looked at this book together and discussed several of the ohotos and the way things were created. This is probably one of the best things, I have ever purchased. My husband has brought it out and showed others, it is a very good conversation piece. Thanks Amazon.
By Cynthia Lindsay, June 29, 2013
Incredible Selection - This book has the most incredible photographs of the geological wonders of the world. It is a huge volume and holds a prominant place in my living room. It is actually too large to be a coffeetable selection. My whole family is into geology and rock collecting and everyone has used it as a resource.
By Anne M. Hecker, June 25, 2013
Must Have for all Home Schools - Every home schooled student would learn the maximum about any subject with a Millenium Press book. These are clear, understandable, high level informational books with photography that is fantastic. If you are interested in the world around you, buy this book. You can read as much or as little at a time as you would like. Great for any age.
By Julie Hagen, March 30, 2013
A stunner! - The cover of this stunning book does not do it justice. First of all, it's huge and each page (and some images as a double page image) is filled with very high resolution (yes, I'll say it again - stunning) photography, just enough text to keep it flowing and small references to indigenous animals and plants. I can not say enough about it - giving it to my 10 year old nephew for Christmas and know that it will be something he may enjoy though adulthood. Do keep in mind, it is a very heavy tome - I'm guessing around 20+ lbs. I am really impressed and will likely order one for us as well. The book comes in a solid book box so it is well protected - an added bonus. Some editions also have a CD ROM - ours did. It's a great volume even with out it. Fabulous table top and an excellent resource.
By Victrola65 "Victoria" (Reston, VA), December 16, 2009
Excellent book!!! - It may just be me with all my passion for geology and the outdoors but this is truly a fantastic book filled with incredible and accurate information and beautiful photos. I am honestly offended that the demand for this book is so low that it is being sold for 14 dollars. I would have paid at least 50 in a heartbeat upon looking at it for the first time but since it was a gift I didn't have to worry about that. If you are in any way passionate for geology and/or the outdoors you will love this book. The size doesn't matter...it was designed to be a coffee table book!
By petgoliath, January 13, 2011
“Geologica”, with eminent gemmologists Robert Coenraads and John Koivula as consultants, should be of interest to all gemmologists as it provides for a better understanding of the geological processes that have formed Earth’s minerals and gems as well as the striking landforms visited by tourists on every continent. Many travel to all parts of the world to view and marvel at scenic wonders; from Iguazu Falls in South America to the Bungle Bungles in Western Australia. “Geologica” succinctly explains the geological processes that have created these scenic wonders.
Part 1 introduces Tectonics- the powerful forces that underlie the formation and break-up of supercontinents, earthquakes, mountains and volcanoes. The section entitled Climate Past and Present adds further dimensions to the current climate change debate. Part 2 covers landforms in more detail with examples from around the world supported by excellent photography.
“Geologica” is not just a geology book. The authors also draw together various scientific disciplines such as biology, climatology and ecology. For example, biodiversity is decreased with the formation of supercontinents and increased when oceans and continents occur along North-South axes. Interesting facts accompany the illustrations. Did you know there are three types of extremophile: thermophiles (heat loving), acidophiles (acid loving) and thermoacidophiles (heat and acid loving)? These single-celled organisms found in hot springs, thrive on a diet of ammonia, arsenic, dihydrogen sulphide (rotten egg gas) and other dissolved chemicals.
Whether you are enquiring as to why the Dead Sea is so salty, the role of the East African Rift Valley in human evolution, the location of active volcanoes and how large historic eruptions such as Mt Pinatubo (1991) and Krakatau (1883) lowered global temperature for many years, the topics are all concisely described and illustrated each within two pages.
“Geologica” can be read cover to cover, by geological feature of interest or by locality. If you were travelling to Hawaii the section on hotspots would be of interest. Another delightful locality to discover is Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Alberta, Canada, which describes how the geology of the jump provided a kill site for the Blackfoot Indian nation where the buffalo were herded to death over the precipices.
This soft cover book of 524 pages of text and photography has a comprehensive contents and index to assist the reader.
The Australian Gemmologist, First Quarter 2010, Volume 24, Number 1