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Internet Resources
A substantial guide to geology materials on the Web. A comprehensive index of subject areas includes remote sensing, seismology, volcanology, speleology, and mining, among others. The site has a sophisticated design and is maintained by Gareth Mills, a geologist in California.

Minerals Yearbook.
Provides information on 90 minerals, including production, foreign trade, outlook, current research and reports on the mining industry in each U.S. state and in over 175 countries. Includes maps and statistics. Also available in print format.

Quality Earth-Science Resources.
A selective resource directory arranged by major topic. Each site is described and rated for presentation and content. The directory was compiled by Eric Fookes and Christophe Nussbaumer of the Department of Geology, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Structural Geology and Metamorphic Petrology on the WWW.
Covers the various subfields of structural geology and petrology, and includes information on listservs, electronic journals, conferences, job opportunities, databases, and software. The site is maintained by Jurgen Kraus of Brock University, Ontario, Canada.

USGS: Science for a Changing World, United States Geological Survey.
A vast resource, updated daily, covering geology, water resources, mapping, biology, the environment, natural resources, and information management. Resource guides list information by topic and by geographic location. The site includes a sophisticated search engine for searching by keywords or phrases.


Special Resources
The U.S. government has compiled an enormous amount of information on the nation's geology. Collectively this effort is known as the Geological Survey, and it has published detailed reports, maps, and surveys of geological places and features. The survey's publications are available in any library that is a federal documents repository, and much of its current work is becoming available on the World Wide Web.


Library Resources
Bibliography and Index of Geology. Alexandria, Va.: American Geological Institute, 1969-.
A monthly index to the earth science literature of the world, including articles, books, technical reports, and other publications. Citations are listed in 29 broad subject areas, and there are subject and author indexes. Available in electronic format as GeoRef.

Cambridge Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences. New York: Crown, 1981.
A topically arranged overview of the field, covering topics in lengthy survey chapters; includes an alphabetical index.

Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences.
17 vols. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1966-89.

Offers lengthy, scholarly articles on oceanography, atmospheric sciences and astrogeology, geochemistry, world regional geography, climatology, and structural geology.

Glossary of Geology. Washington, D.C.: American Geological Institute, 1973.
Defines geological terms and provides bibliographic references for disputed or controversial ones.

Lexicon of Geologic Names of the United States (including Alaska). By Mary Grace Wilmarth. 2 vols. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1938. With supplements. Identifies names of geological features by time period and location, and provides reviews of the literature referring to the names. Supplements provide information on more recently named features.

Minerals Yearbook. Washington, D.C.: Bureau of Mines, 1932-.
Provides information on minerals, including production, foreign trade, outlook, and current research, and reports on the mining industry in each U.S. state and in 150 foreign countries. Includes maps and statistics.

Publications of the Geological Survey. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1962-.
Indexes the contents of several Geological Survey series: bulletins, circulars, open file reports, professional papers, water data reports, and water supply papers.

General Resources

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