Earth Scientist's Periodic Table


Fundamentals of Quaternary Science

Atlas of Speleothem Microfabrics

Dynamic Plate Tectonics

Petroleum Geoscience and Subsurface Geology

Virtual Field Trips


GEOL 3030 - Elementary Oceanography

Illustrations in Oceanography

Lost Rivers Country


Bruce Railsback's Geoscience Resources

This page is the index to the website hosting resources previously available at The transition from that website to this one is still in progress, and many links below may be dead because changes of URLs within the pages have not been completed. The old website still existed in its entirety as of 7 November 2018.

The University of Georgia Department of Geology has a standard faculty page for Bruce Railsback.   This page provides links to resources beyond those on the standard faculty page.


General resources

  • An Earth Scientist's Periodic Table - a new synthesis of geochemistry and mineralogy.

  • Some Fundamentals of Mineralogy and Geochemistry -
              a collection of more than 350 one-page illustrations.

  • Fundamentals of Quaternary Science -
              a growing collection of one-page illustrations.

  • Dynamic Plate Tectonics - illustrations by a non-tectonicist.

  • Petroleum Geoscience and Subsurface Geology -
              a collection of more than 130 one-page illustrations.

  • Illustrations in Oceanography -
              a collection of one-page illustrations.

  • The Transilience Project - a theory of everything.

  • An Atlas of Speleothem Microfabrics -
              an e-picture-book of stalagmites etc. with more than 100 illustrations.

  • Virtual field trips - images and illustrations of geology in the field.

  • A modern reprise of T.C. Chamberlin's Multiple Working Hypotheses.

  • Railsback's Alpine and Glacial Geology,
              a 196-page textbook (and 353 MB download!)

  • Railsback's website of posters and photographs about the Lost River Mountains, the Big Lost River Valley, and the Arco Desert of southeastern Idaho


    Pages for Students

  • Advice to students about graduate school and about academic careers

  • A page of Comments on ethical issues about research

  • Advice on Writing scientific papers and theses

  • Advice on Writing grant proposals

  • Advice on Editing scientific writing, mostly for grad students

  • Advice on Making plots to accompany papers

  • Advice on Giving a scientific talk





    Sites and pages not yet rebuilt, so the links go nowhere until more evenings and weekends are spent rebuilding:

  • An Atlas of Pressure-Dissolution Features -
              an e-picture-book of stylolites etc. with more than 40 illustrations.

  • Virtual field trips - images and illustrations of geology in the field.

  • Beach and Shoreline Sands From Around the World - a gallery of sands.

  • Buildings and Building Stones - a gallery for fun.

  • The History of the UGA Geology Department - pages for the truly bored.

  • Pages on What Science is (and isn't) - for students in general courses.

  • Diagrams and documents used in teaching basic classes and available to educators.

  • Field images used in teaching and available to educators.

  • Earth-surface images used in teaching and available to educators.

  • Diagrams used in teaching upper-level classes and available to educators.

    Railsback's Research Interests and Publications

  • Research interests
  • Information for possible collaborators
  • List of published papers, with links to PDFs of some

    Additional Pages for Prospective Graduate Students

  • Former Students
  • The Sedimentary Petrology/Geochemistry Lab
  • A note for prospective students who are not native speakers of English

    Railsback's Courses Taught

  • Earth Processes and Environments - Physical Geology (Physical Geology for undergraduate non-majors and perhaps majors too).
  • Earth's History of Global Change (Historical Geology for undergraduate non-majors).
  • Sedimentary Petrology (formerly part of our Mineralogy-Petrology sequence for undergraduate Geology majors).
  • Alpine and Glacial Geology (taught in Innsbruck, Austria, in the UNO program in some summers).
  • Elementary Oceanography (a no-prequisite general survey of all marine sciences for undergraduates).
  • Petroleum Geology (a course for undergraduates who have taken at least one geology class and for graduate students).
  • Earth Surface Geochemistry (a graduate course examining natural waters, soils, sediments, and sedimentary rocks).
  • Carbonate Petrology (a graduate course on the petrology of limestones and dolostones).
  • Sandstone Petrology (a graduate course on sand, sandstones, porosity, permeability, and even a little petroleum geology).


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