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The Alaskan Interagency Minerals Coordinating Group: Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms. More than 28,000 terms, easy to search and navigate. This information is taken from the U.S. Bureau of Mines Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms, published on CD-ROM in 1996.
! The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition, 2000. Category: Geology. With sound pronunciation. Excellent!
babylon.com Ltd.: Free Dictionaries & Glossaries. Go to: Science & Technology > Earth Sciences.
Ministerium für Umwelt, Klima und Energiewirtschaft Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart:
in Baden-Württemberg. See also:
Geologisches Glossar. PDF file, in German.
Steven K. Baum, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University: Glossary of Oceanography and the Related Geosciences with References. A very useful feature of this compendium is the presence of links to sites on the World Wide Web that are directly related to many of the entries.
Alwynne B. Beaudoin, University of Alberta, Edmonton: A Dictionary of Quaternary Acronyms and Abbreviations. This dictionary consists of acronyms and abbreviations in Quaternary studies, including societies and technique abbreviations and "terms in common use".
! Natural History Museum, University of California, Berkeley (by Allen Collins et al.): UCMP Glossary. For practicing biologists and paleontologists in various fields. You may also browse by volume: Go to: The glossary of paleogeographic terms, and Geology.
Canadian Soil Information System (CanSIS): SOIL TERMS GLOSSARY.
! Norbert und Doris Fischer, Mainz, Germany: Excavation Dictionary. A German-English English-German collection of technical terms in excavation technology and archaeology.
! Geological Survey of Finland (GTK).
GTK is Finland´s national geoscience agency. Go to:
MULTILINGUAL THESAURUS OF GEOSCIENCES. Developed by the IUGS/COGEOINFO Working Group for Multilingual Thesaurus. In English - Finnish - French - German - Italian - Russian - Spanish - Swedish. Excellent!
Geology.com (published by Hobart King).
News and information about geology and earth science. Go to:
! Geology and Earth Science Terms and Definitions. A dictionary for definitions, images and short articles about the most commonly used geological terms.
Ken Grimes, VULCON Guidebook, Victorian Speleological Association Inc., Australian Speleological Federation Inc.: Glossary. Some volcanic, cave and karst terms.
! Danny Harrington, ITS Tutorial School, Hong Kong: Geography Dictionary & Glossary for Students. Free open-access! One of the most comprehensive geography dictionaries on the web. The definitions cover a range of subject areas in physical and human geography and in related disciplines. Over 1400 terms defined.
Colin Harris, UK:
A link directory (introductory website slow loading), comprising over 70 individual web pages. Go to:
Geological Dictionaries, Glossaries and Databases.
Gary Horton, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Nevada Division of Water Planning, Carson City, NV: WATER WORDS DICTIONARY. A compilation of technical water, water quality, environmental, and water-related terms.
Robert Huber, Jens Klump and Stefan Götz, Germany: Stratigraphy.Net. Stratigraphy.Net aims to provide free and open access to geoscientific information and data with special emphasis on the disciplines stratigraphy, paleontology and sedimentology. Go to: News.
! INFO-MINE: INFO-MINE DICTIONARY. Mining terms and definitions.
! The IUGS/COGEOINFO Working Group for Multilingual Thesaurus (website hosted by Geological Survey Finland): Multilingual Thesaurus of Geosciences. This database enables the global exchange of geoscience information with the help of a common multilingual core vocabulary.
Kentucky Coal Association, Coal Education: Glossary of Mining Terms.
Christof Kuhn, BOKU (Universität für Bodenkultur)- University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna: Etymology of geological time units.
Lenntech Water treatment & air purification Holding B.V., Delft, The Netherlands: Water Glossary. An explanation of terminology concerning water related issues. See also: Water FAQ Frequently Asked Questions. The question library on water related issues.
! Litholex. Maintained by the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, BGR), Hannover, Germany. Database about stratigraphic units in Germany (in German).! NASA: Global Change Master Directory. This directory provides access to more than 34,000 Earth science data set and service descriptions. See especially:
Oil Survey: Geology glossaries.
Dennis O'Neil, Palomar College, San Marcos, California: Record of Time. This site provides information on radiometric dating methods, including a Glossary of Terms.
Michael Pidwirny, University of British Columbia, Okanagan: PhysicalGeography.net, FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY (2nd Edition). This online textbook describes an area of knowledge within Geography known as Physical Geography. Go to: Glossary of Terms. Definitions for about 2000 terms commonly used in Physical Geography and Earth Science.
Michael Pidwirny, Department of Geography, Okanagan University College, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada: PhysicalGeography.net, Physical Geography Glossary of Terms. Also available as PDF file (4.2 MB!).
! S.M. Richardson & F.P. Deluca,
Department of Geological Science, Iowa State University:
Illustrated Glossary of Geologic Terms.
This glossary of geologic terms is based on the glossary in Earth: An Introduction to Geologic Change, by S. Judson and
S.M. Richardson (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Prentice Hall, 1995).
This expired link is now available through the Internet Archive´s Wayback Machine.
Schlumberger Limited (an oilfield services provider): Oilfield Glossary. Industry terms and their juried definitions.
SEPM's Sequence Stratigraphy Web. Using a combination of linked text, images and short movies, this page is designed to help users gain an instant understanding of the principles of sequence stratigraphy. Go to: Sequence Stratigraphy Terminology.
The Soil Science Society of America: Glossary of Soil Science Terms. Hundreds of terms can be viewed alphabetically, searched, or downloaded.
Solar-Terrestrial Physics (STP), The National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC): ON-LINE GLOSSARY OF SOLAR-TERRESTRIAL TERMS.
University of South Carolina Sequence Stratigraphy Web, Sequence Stratigraphy Terminology.
Spektrum.de Spektrum Akademischer Verlag:
Online Lexika. A variety of searchable Encyclopedias (in German). Go to:
! Lexikon der Geowissenschaften.
! Lexikon der Biologie.
! Kompaktlexikon der Biologie. Biology knowledge in a nutshell. See for instance:
(provided by Society for Sedimentary Geology, SEPM).
SEPM’s stratigraphy open access web site is dedicated to helping people understand sedimentary geology, from the basics to the detailed. Superbly done! See especially:
Sediments & Rocks.
Mike Strickler, Grants Pass High School and Rogue Community College: GeoMan's Glossary of Earth Science Terms.
U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, The National Geologic Map Database: GEOLEX Geologic Names Lexicon. This is a search tool for lithologic and geochronologic unit names (US focused).
! US Geological Survey and the National Park Service: USGS Geology in the Parks, Geologic Glossary. This glossary contains simplified definitions for technical terms.
U.S. Bureau of Mines: Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms. Please take notice of the abbreviations of certain terms, place names, and units of measure which are used in the definitions, hidden in the Introduction site below. The dictionary contains more than 28,000 terms. Excellent!
United States Environmental Protection Agency: Glossary of Climate Change Terms.
VolcanoWorld: Glossary of Volcanic and Geologic Terms.
Adam Warren Interactive Learning Centre, and Phillipa Reed and Julian Bailey, Department of Engineering Materials, University of Southampton: Phase Diagrams, Glossary.
M. Wegner, Köln, Germany: Geo-Glossar. In German.
! YourDictionary.com (formerly Robert Beard, Bucknell University; "A Web of Online Dictionaries"). An index of on-line dictionaries, including multilingual dictionaries, specialized English dictionaries, thesauri and other vocabulary aids. Go to Geology.
M. Zirbes, National Earthquake Information Center,
United States Geological Survey:
Glossary of Some Common Terms in Seismology.
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