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 1122 - Historical Geology

GEOL 3030 - Elementary Oceanography

Illustrations in Oceanography


Gallery of Building Stones

Lost Rivers Country

Snake River


Bruce Railsback's Geoscience Resources

This page is the index to the website hosting various geoscience and other resources generated by Bruce Railsback, who was a professor of geology at the University of Georgia from 1989 to 2024. Much of this material was available until about 2019 at


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.

  • What Science is (and isn't): as a series of webpages or a single pdf document.

  • Railsback's Alpine and Glacial Geology,
              a 196-page pdf textbook (and 47 MB download!).

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

  • Buildings and Building Stones - a gallery for fun.

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

  • Railsback's website of photographs of the Snake River from the Tetons to the Columbia



  • UGA GEOL 1122 - Earth's History of Global Change

  • UGA GEOL 3030 - Elementary Oceanography


    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


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