Earth Scientist's Periodic Table


Atlas of Speleothem Microfabrics

of Quaternary Science

Atlas of Pressure-Dissolution Fabrics

Petroleum Geoscience and Subsurface Geology

Dynamic Plate Tectonics

Changing the World

Virtual Field Trips

Possible Grad Student Research

Alpine and Glacial Geology Course

GEOL 1122 - Historical Geology

GEOL 3030 - Elementary Oceanography

GEOL 1121 - Physical Geology

GEOL 4320/6320 - Petroleum Geology

Carbonate Minerals

GEOL 8200 - Carbonate Petrology

Sandstone Petrology Course

Earth-Surface Geochemistry Course

Our Lab


Gallery of Building Stones

UGA Geology


Bruce Railsback's Geoscience Resources

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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 Transilience Project - a theory of everything.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.


    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


    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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