Resources: Geology

This resource list for geology contains articles, summaries of current research, books and online video clips.

[caption id=”attachment_194” align=”alignright” width=”135” caption=”the structure of the Earth”]the structure of the Earth[/caption]

General Resources Videos Articles and Research Summaries Books

General Resources

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Resources

USGS extensive resources


Science Daily geology videos

Born of fire [videorecording] / produced by the National Geographic Society and WQED Pittsburgh ; produced by Linda Reavely. Stamford, Conn. Vestron Video, 1987. Excellent documentary on Earth’s geological evolution

Articles and Research Summaries

Natural Deep Earth Pump Fuels Earthquakes And Ore

The great recycler – planet Earth

Earthquakes Exert Global Influence : Scientific American Podcast

Northwest at risk of megaquake like one in Chile

Earth-shaking research to predict devastation from earthquakes

3 Questions: Eduardo Kausel on Chile's massive earthquake

Quakes were biggest disaster killers of decade: UN

Haiti earthquake poses prediction question

Quake prediction model developed

Earthquakes Exert Global Influence : Scientific American Podcast

Massive quake moves New Zealand closer to Australia

Deep-sea Rocks Point To Early Oxygen On Earth

The rise of oxygen caused Earth’s earliest ice age

Ancient Volcanic Eruptions Caused Global Mass Extinction

Geoscientist offers new evidence that meteorite did not wipe out dinosaurs

Microfossils Challenge Prevailing Views Of ‘Snowball Earth’ Glaciations On Life

Hydrocarbons In The Deep Earth?

Reversals of Earth’s Magnetic Field Explained by Small Core Fluctuations

Long debate ended over cause, demise of ice ages – may also help predict future

Surface features on Titan form like Earth’s, but with a frigid twist

Newly Discovered Faults Illuminate Earthquake Hazard Along San Andreas

Oxidized lava may help explain Earth’s evolution

Extraterrestrial platinum was ‘stirred’ into the Earth

The auroras in the Northern and the Southern hemispheres are not identical with video

Geoscientists back from expedition to Labrador Sea

Spark for Life: Lightning Strikes Create Minerals Crucial for Early Organisms Scientific American

Mineral Kingdom Has Co-evolved With Life, Scientists Find

Earth Hotspot Poorly Imaged

Arctic climate under greenhouse conditions in the Late Cretaceous

Natural Deep Earth Pump Fuels Earthquakes And Ore

Close relationship between past warming and sea-level rise

First Complete Image Created of Himalayan Fault, Subduction Zone


Chester, Roy.2008. Furnace of creation, cradle of destruction: a journey to the birthplace of earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. NY: AMACOM

Erickson, Jon. 2001(Rev Ed).Plate tectonics:unraveling the mysteries of the earth. NY:Facts on File

Oreskes, Naomi (Ed.). 2003. Plate tectonics: an insider’s history of the modern theory of the Earth. Boulder, CO: Westview Press