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Open Educational Resources: Geology

A guide to textbooks, course materials and multimedia which are free or or low cost for educational use. These resources were created with the intention of being widely used and are legal to use in courses with proper citation.

Open Geology Textbooks

GeoWiki -UC Davis

The GeoWiki is a collaborative approach toward geology education where an Open Access textbook environment is constantly being written and re-written by students and faculty members resulting in textbook chapters on Geophysics, Geochemistry, and Tectonics that can supplant or replace conventional paper-based books.


Prof. Delmar S. Larsen, UC Berkeley, College of Biological Sciences

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.


Evolution of Physical Oceanography  -MIT

Evolution of Physical Oceanography was created to mark the career of Henry M. Stommel, the leading physical oceanographer of the 20th Century and a longtime MIT faculty member. The authors of the different chapters were asked to describe the evolution of their subject over the history of physical oceanography, and to provide a survey of the state-of-the-art of their subject as of 1980. Many of the chapters in this textbook are still up-to-date descriptions of active scientific fields, and all of them are important historical records.  -MIT


Bruce A. Warren

Prof. Carl Wunsch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

Use of the MIT OpenCourseWare site and materials is subject to their Creative Commons License and other terms of use.



Geomorphology  -Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information services Center

Geomorphology from Space is an out of print 1986 NASA publication edited by Nicholas M. Short, Sr. and Robert W. Blair, Jr. designed for use by the remote sensing science and educational communities to study landforms and landscapes. The core of this book is a gallery of space imagery consisting of 237 plates, each treating a geographic region where a particular landform theme is exemplified. Commentary, photographs, locator maps, and sometimes a geologic map accompany each plate.  -NASA


Robert W. Blair, Jr.

Nicholas M. Short, Sr.

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