Lyrical Earth Science: Geology – Downloadable Textbook


We used more old tunes like “Shenandoah,” “Boll Weevil,” and even Sousa’s “Washington Post March” to help you learn foundational geologic information. To help you better understand the earth’s surface and how its concepts fit together, we organized the eighteen songs and chapters into three groupings: Building up the crust and moving it around; What the crust is made of; and Wearing down the crust.

Author: Dorry Eldon
Authors: Dorry and Doug Eldon
Illustrator: Sally Raskauskas
Cover Designer: Bekki Levien
Scientific Advisor: Peter Wampler


(Click links to hear samples.)


Sample of lyrics:


(to the tune of “Invalid Corps”)

Minerals are inorganic solids found in nature
With certain properties like crystal form, cleavage, and fracture
And hardness, density or heft, color, streak, and luster
Constant composition of their chemical’s a feature

Minerals are inorganic solids found in nature
Constant composition of their chemical’s a feature

Minerals on earth are found as element or compound
And out of several thousand only twelve are commonly found
Rock made out of minerals with silicon are silicates
Other groups are oxides, carbonates, sulfates, and phosphates


Minerals called precious metals: silver, gold, and platinum
Industrial-type metals: iron, copper, tin, titanium,
Nickel, manganese, cobalt, lead, borax, molybdenum
You’d be quite surprised at all the products that contain them!


Gemstones are the minerals rare and of high value
Brilliant, durable, colorful—jewelry they’re made into
Diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, and rubies are examples
Turquoise, malachite, and jade—a few of opaque samples


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