Geological Sciences

The Joseph C. Walter, Jr. & Elizabeth C. Walter Library supports the teaching and research functions of the Jackson School of Geosciences including the Department of Geological Sciences, the Institute for Geophysics , and the Bureau of Economic Geology leading to degrees through the doctoral level. Graduate specialties are: earth resources, engineering geology, environmental geology, environmental sciences and policy studies, energy economics, geochemistry, geophysics (deep earth, exploration, and near surface), geochronology, geomicrobiology, hydrogeology, marine geology, mineral economics, mineralogy, petroleum geology, petrology, vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, sedimentation, stratigraphy, structural geology / tectonics, and climate sciences. While concern for most of these fields lies primarily within the Jackson School, students in other areas such as various engineering disciplines, architecture, anthropology, archeology, public affairs and global studies may also have strong interests. Geomorphology, a strong component of research in the Jackson School, is included in the Geography Statement as a part of Physical Geography. GIS and remote sensing is another shared discipline with Geography and Engineering.

Due to the global nature of earth sciences research, all languages are collected as appropriate, but emphasis is on English and European languages. When English translations are available, they are generally favored over the original. There are no chronological limitations, but the collection is not presently equipped to handle archival materials. Coverage is worldwide with emphasis on the Western Hemisphere and special concern for Texas, the Southwest, the region surrounding the Gulf of Mexico, and various areas of multi-year ongoing field projects. Selective acquisitions are made of upper and lower division textbooks, popular materials, and legal treatment.

Collections include a variety of formats, including print, microforms, audio-visual materials, and, increasingly, electronic formats, particularly for mainstream English language journals and books. Basic works on field methods are extensively collected as are titles on such techniques as GIS. Field-trip guidebooks, published in association with earth science meetings, and University of Texas theses and dissertations from the Jackson School are acquired comprehensively. US state and federal government agency publications are acquired through exchange or are available online. Other types of materials to be routinely collected are proceedings of geological congresses and institutes; theses and dissertations from other universities as appropriate, particularly on the geology of Texas, the Southwest United States and Mexico, or certain types of rocks or techniques, and industrial technical reports when available. Types of materials excluded are manuscripts, photographic collections, road logs (unless an integral part of a guidebook), well logs, well completion cards, and core samples. Geological maps, which are extensively acquired, are treated in the Map Collection policy statement.

Emphasis is on the acquisition of current material except for the fields of evolution, paleontology, and stratigraphy, which are of interest from any date. Geological material of an historical or biographical nature is dealt with in the statement on the History of Science.

Contact Dennis Trombatore, Subject Specialist Librarian

Call Number RangeSubject
GB 1-5030Physical Geography
QB 455-459Astrogeology
QB 580-701Moon. Planets. Planetology
QC 801-850Geophysics. Geomagnetism
QC 851-999Meteorology. Climatology
QE 1-996.5Geology
S 590-599Soils. Soil Science
TA 703-705Engineering Geology
TC 176Technical Hydraulics
TD 400Sources of Water Supply
TN 1-977 (except TN 600-799)Mining Engineering