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1B Earth Sciences - Reading Lists

IB Earth Sciences A - Reading List

The majority of the texts in this reading list are available in the Earth Sciences Library, in your college library, or online as an eBook or journal article (links provided below).

Please contact the  if you have trouble accessing any of the material, or have any queries regarding the reading list.

Michaelmas term

Lectures 1-8 - Maps and structures - Owen Weller

  • Fossen, H, 2010. Structural geology. Cambridge Univ. Press. Available as an eBook.
  • McClay, K. R., 2002. The mapping of geological structures. Wiley, 2nd edition. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Maltman, A., 1998. Geological maps: An introduction. Wiley, 2nd edition. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Park, R. G., 1997. Foundations of structural geology. Chapman & Hall, 3rd edition. Available from ESC Library Office.

Lectures 9-14 - Tectonics and seismology - Sanne Cottaar

  • Allen, P. A., 1997. Earth Surface Processes. Blackwell. Available as an eBook.
  • Cox, A. & Hart., R. B., 1986. Plate Tectonics: How it works. Blackwell. Available as an eBook.
  • Fowler, C. M., 2004. The Solid Earth. Cambridge Univ. Press, 2nd edition. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Stein, S. & Wysession, M., 2003. An introduction to seismology, earthquakes and earth structure. Blackwell. Available from ESC Library Office.

Papers:

Lectures 15-20 - Sedimentary basins - Nicky White

  • Allen, P. A. & Allen, J. R., 2005. Basin Analysis: Principles and Applications. Wiley-Blackwell, 2nd edition. Available as an eBook.
  • Busby, C. J. & Ingersoll, R. V., 1995. Tectonics of sedimentary basins. Blackwell Science. Available from ESC Library Office.

Lectures 21-24 - Ocean circulation and climate - Alex Piotrowski 

  • Broecker, W. S. & Peng, T. H., 1982. Tracers in the sea. Eldigio Press. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Faure, G., 1986. Principles of Isotope geology. Wiley, 2nd edition. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Libes, S. M., 1992. An introduction to marine biogeochemistry. Wiley, 2nd edition: 2009. Available as an eBook.
  • Open University, 1989. Ocean chemistry and deep-sea sediments. Pergamon Press. Available from ESC Library Office.

Lent term

Lectures 25-31 - Siliclastic sedimentology and stratigraphy - Neil Davies

  • Boggs, S., 2009. Petrology of sedimentary rocks. Cambridge Univ. Press, 2nd edition. Available as an eBook.
  • Bridge, J. & Demicco, R., 2008. Earth Surface Processes, Landforms and Sediment Deposits. Cambridge Univ. Press. Available as an eBook.
  • Reading, H. G., 1996. Sedimentary environments: processes, facies and stratigraphy. Blackwell, 3rd edition. Available as an eBook.
  • Scoffin, T. P., 1987. An introduction to carbonate sediments and rocks. Blackie. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Stow, D. A. V., 2005. Sedimentary rocks in the field: A colour guide. Manson Publishing. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Tucker, M.E., 2001. An introduction to sedimentary petrology. Blackwell, 3rd edition. Available as an eBook

Lectures 32-35 - Ocean chemistry - Sasha Turchyn

Lectures 36-42 - Chemogenic and biogenic sediments - Alex Liu

Lectures 43-48 - Evolutionary palaeobiology - Liz Harper

  • Armstrong, H. A. & Braiser, M. D., 2005. Microfossils. Blackwell, 2nd edition. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Briggs, D. E. G. & Crowther, P. R., 1990. Palaeobiology: A synthesis. Blackwell Scientific. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Briggs, D. E. G. & Crowther, P. R., 2001. Palaeobiology II: A synthesis. Blackwell Scientific. Available as an eBook.
  • Clarkson, E. N. K., 1993. Invertebrate Palaeontology and Evolution. Wiley-Blackwell, 4th edition. Available as an eBook.
  • Futuyma, D. J., 2005. Evolution. Sinauer Associates. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Lipps, J. H., (ed.,) 1993. Fossil prokaryotes and protists. Blackwell Scientific. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Skelton, P., (ed.,) 1993. Evolution, a biological and palaeontological approach. Addison-Wesley. Available from ESC Library Office.

Easter term

Lectures 49-50 - Micropalaeontology - Liz Harper

Lectures 51-55 - Vertebrate evolution - Dave Norman

  • Benton, M. J., 2005. Vertebrate Palaeontology. Blackwell, 3rd edition. Available as an eBook.
  • Kemp, T. S., 2005. The origin and evolution of mammals. Oxford Univ. Press. Available as an eBook.
  • Pough, F. H., Janis, C. M., Heiser, J. B., 2012. Vertebrate life. Pearson, 9th edition. Available from ESC Library Office.

IB Earth Sciences B - Reading List

Map Interpretation 

  • McClay, K. R., 2002. The mapping of geological structures. Wiley, 2nd edition. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Maltman, A., 1998. Geological maps: An introduction. Wiley, 2nd edition. Available from ESC Library Office.

Crystallography and optical mineralogy - Principles of mineral behaviour - Michael Carpenter

  • Battey, M. H. & Pring, A., 1997. Mineralogy for students. Longman, 3rd edition. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Deer, W. A., Howie, R. A., Zussman, J., 2013. An introduction to the rock forming minerals. Mineralogical Society, 3rd edition. Highly recommended that you buy your own copy of this book, as it is an invaluable resource for all practical classes and can be taken into the ESB practical exam. Also available from ESC Library Office.
  • Nesse, W. D., 2003. Introduction to Optical Mineralogy. Oxford Univ. Press, 3rd edition. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Perkins, D. & Henke, K. R., 2004. Minerals in thin section. Prentice Hall. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Putnis, A., 1992. Introduction to Mineral Sciences. Cambridge Univ. Press. Available as an eBook.

Origin and evolution of meteorites and the terrestrial planets - Helen Williams

  • Allègre, C. J., 1992. From stone to star. Harvard Univ. Press. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Lunine, J., 1998. Earth: Evolution of a habitable world. Cambridge Univ. Press. Available as an eBook.
  • McSween, H. Y., 1999. Meteorites and their parent planets. Cambridge Univ. Press. 2nd edition. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Taylor, S. R., 1998. Destiny or chance: Our solar system and its place in the cosmos. Cambridge Univ. Press. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Dickin, A. P., 2005. Radiogenic isotope geology. Cambridge Univ. Press. 2nd edition. Available as an eBook.
  • Faure, G., 1986. Principles of isotope geology. Wiley. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Gill, R., 1996. Chemical fundamentals of geology. Chapman and Hall, 2nd edition. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Rollinson, H., 1993. Using geochemical data: Evaluation, presentation, interpretation. Longman Scientific and Technical. Available from ESC Library Office.

Magmatic settings - Metamorphic petrology - Sally Gibson - Owen Weller - Marian Holness

  • Barker, A. J., 1998. Introduction to metamorphic textures and microstructures. Thomson Science (Chapman and Hall), 2nd edition. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Best, M. G. & Christiansen, E. H., 2001. Igneous Petrology. Blackwell Science. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Blatt, H., Tracey, R. J., Owens, B. E., 2006. Petrology: Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. Freeman, 3rd edition.  Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Brown, G. C., Hawkesworth, C. J. & Wilson, R. C. L., 1992. Understanding the Earth. Cambridge Univ. Press. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Cox, K. G., Bell, J. D., Pankhurst, R. J., 1979. The interpretation of Igneous Rocks. Chapman and Hall. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Fowler, C. M. R., 2004. The solid Earth. Cambridge Univ. Press. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Francis, P. W. & Oppenheimer, C., 2003. Volcanoes. Oxford Univ. Press. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Fry, N., 1993. The field description of metamorphic rocks. Wiley. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • Gill, R., 2010. Igneous Rocks and Processes: A practical guide. Wiley. Available from ESC Library Office.
  • McBirney, A.R., 2006. Igneous Petrology (3rd Edition). Jones & Bartlett. A good general igneous text book especially useful for phase diagrams and petrography.
  • Searle, M., 2013. Colliding Continents: A geological exploration of the Himalaya, Karakoram, and Tibet. Oxford University Press. At the same time a book of beautiful mountains as well as a good science overview of Himalayan geology.
  • Sigurdsson, H., ed, 1999. Encyclopedia of volcanoes. Academic Press. The volcano reference book.
  • Spear, FS, 1993. Metamorphic phase equilibria and pressure-temperature-time paths. Mineralogical Society of America Monograph. The ‘Big Blue Book’ - the metamorphic petrologists’ bible, and an essential reference text. Much more detail than you need – but it’s all there is!
  • Thorpe, RS & Brown, GC, 1985. The field description of igneous rocks. OU Press. For field and hand-specimen work.
  • Vernon, R.H., 2004. A practical guide to rock microstructure. Cambridge University Press. Outstanding on how to read the rock textures that you will see under the microscope.
  • Wilson M, 1989. Igneous Petrogenesis. Unwin and Hyman. Especially the first four chapters.
  • Yardley, BWD, 1989. An introduction to metamorphic petrology. Longman. Concise and clear introduction to metamorphic petrology.