Want to get hands-on with geology? Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology is a basic textbook that offers dozens of lab exercises to coincide with teachings. The manual is a great tool for first-time geology students and professors creating lesson plans.
Lab classes are essential for any geology course, especially introductory geology. Beginner students need to see and feel the physical rocks and sediments they read about and engage in relevant experiments. Therefore, Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology pairs traditional textbook features with workbook-style lab exercise suggestions. This makes the book a comprehensive guide to knowledge and understanding of geology.
Though it still deals with Earth’s properties, geology is more tactile than a basic Earth science course. As such, it places a strong emphasis on getting into the lab and exploring for yourself. Each lab activity guides students through this process, while teaching them the basics of geology. Plus, Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology covers many different topics, so each exercise feels new and fresh, yet familiar, as the chapters build upon each other. First, the book introduces physical geology, the Earth’s interior, and topographic maps. Next, it goes into water, climate change, matter, and minerals. Students will also learn to identify and distinguish between igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks through the readings and lab exercises. Finally, Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology talks about volcanoes, earthquakes, crustal deformation, and physlographic provinces.
About the Authors of Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology
Bradley Deline is a paleontology professor at the University of West Georgia. He researches fossil echinoderms, specializing in Ordovician crinoids. In other words, he documents and analyzes organisms as they decay over time, gaining a deeper understanding of evolutionary history. He holds a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Cincinnati. In addition to Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology, he has written numerous research articles on the topic.
Randa Harris and Karen Tefend are geology professors at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, G.A. Harris holds a master’s degree in geological science from the University of Tennessee. Tefend received her bachelor’s in zoology and master’s in geology from Ohio State University. She also holds a Ph.D. in geological sciences from Michigan State University.