Insights: A Laboratory Manual for Physical and Historical Geology

Author(s): Clair Ossian

Edition: 5

Copyright: 2015

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Insights: A Laboratory Manual for Physical and Historical Geology is the ONLY lab manual available which combines historical and physical geology. Separate lab manuals are available to fit specific course needs.

One of the major advantages of the Insights focuses tightly on essentials of both Physical and Historical Geology education and is not padded with filler material. By purchasing this combination manual, a student will acquire core materials for both courses without having to purchase two manuals, providing a significant price savings.

The content provides those essential tools needed for Geology Major students as they move to the next level of geological training. The Geological educator can use the materials in the manual at several levels. There is more than enough here to satisfy the most demanding students.

For students only needing to fulfill their science course requirements, Insights’ content is lively, replete with engaging exercises and the illustrations will serve to hold their attention better than any other similar book on today’s market.

For your students’ needs in Physical Geology, exercises, activities, full-color photos, topographic maps and the varied resources in this book will give students a good understanding of:

  • identifying rocks and minerals. 
  • maps and mapping. 
  • pace and compass mapping. 
  • geological lessons from maps.   

Insights is beneficial for geology majors and non-majors as a powerful tool covering the basics of Historical Geology:  

  • Identifying common fossils
  • Relative time and absolute time
  • The ordering of geologic events
  • Stratigraphy and correlation
  • Paleontology
  • Geological structures
  • Interpreting geological maps

The combination Insights manual emphasizes principles and methods by which geologists discover the origins and evolving nature of our planet over time. Study of these processes is essential in understanding how the Earth is changing, and to give students insight into the methodology and goals of Historical Geology. These topics are essential if students are to understand how planetary materials relate to our complex and ever-changing Earth.

Insights: A Laboratory Manual for Physical and Historical Geology features a 3–ring binder format allowing students to remove exercise work sheets, add their note pages, and gives instructors the ability to supply students additional handouts relevant to a section.


Links to Separate Manuals:

Insights: A Laboratory Manual for Historical Geology

Insights: A Laboratory Manual for Physical Geology




CHAPTER 1 Minerals

CHAPTER 2 Igneous Rocks

CHAPTER 3 Sedimentary Rock Identification

CHAPTER 4 Metamorphic Rock Identification

CHAPTER 5 Introduction to Maps and Mapping

CHAPTER 6 Topographic Maps

CHAPTER 7 Pace and Compass Mapping: Finding Your Way with Map and Compass

CHAPTER 8 Measuring Geological Time

CHAPTER 9 Stratigraphy and the Ordering of Geological Events

CHAPTER 10 Physical Stratigraphy

CHAPTER 11 Introduction to Paleontology

CHAPTER 12 Paleontology and Identification of the Major Phyla—Part One

CHAPTER 13 Paleontology and Identification of the Major Phyla—Part Two

CHAPTER 14 Applied Paleontology

CHAPTER 15 Geological Structures

CHAPTER 16 The Beginnings. Continental Drift and the Discovery of Plate Tectonics

CHAPTER 17 The Mechanisms of Plate Tectonics

CHAPTER 18 Geologic Maps—Part One

CHAPTER 19 Geologic Maps—Part Two

CHAPTER 20 Geology Lessons Learned from Maps

Clair Ossian

Clair Russell Ossian is an Emeritus Professor of Geology at Tarrant County College, Hurst, Texas where he was awarded Distinguished Faculty Member in 2011. His career includes nearly twenty years in geological research as a paleontologist and sedimentologist, experiencing many challenges world wide while working in the petroleum industry, retiring as Principal Research Geologist from ARCO Oil and Gas Co. Field research during that time involved projects in diverse settings, including Alaska, Canada, China, Indonesia, Norway, Africa and numerous projects within the rest of the United States.

Before, during and after that phase of his career, he has continued to teach Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Environmental Geology and Field Courses. Dr. Ossian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Nebraska (Lincoln), a Master of Science degree from Michigan State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Texas (Austin). Both graduate degrees are in geology and paleontology.

Professor Ossian has published numerous papers on sedimentology, vertebrate paleontology, invertebrate paleontology and his current research is centered on the geology of Egypt. His most recent research involved providing geological support for an archaeological excavation in the Egyptian delta.

He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society of Sigma XI, the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), the Egyptian Exploration Society and is a Certified Geologist with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

A long time resident of north Texas, he and his wife have raised two children, a son and a daughter. They currently share their home with a pair of Chinese chowchow dogs. Hobbies include gardening, raising Japanese koi fish, growing water lilies, carpentry, photography and writing. Travel continues to be a great pleasure for them, proving many opportunities for new experiences . . . and new geological insights.

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