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The Science Beneath the Surface: A Very Short Guide to the Marcellus Shale

DESCRIPTION: Staff members at the Paleontological Research Institution have written a new book entitled The Science Beneath the Surface: A Very Short Guide to the Marcellus Shale, which offers an objective scientific perspective on this complex and controversial topic. The Marcellus Shale is a vast rock formation that holds a huge quantity of natural gas and is currently at the center of one of the most controversial natural resources issues of our time. This is primarily because of the unconventional method used to extract gas from the shale, a process known as “slickwater horizontal high-volume hydraulic fracturing” — more commonly called “hydrofracking.”

Concerns about how widespread use of the practice will affect the environment, especially freshwater at the local and regional level and climate at the global level, have thrust geology into the public view in a way seldom otherwise experienced. This book reviews the major science and technology issues around this extremely complicated subject, offering impartial, evidence-based, thought-provoking information to help citizens decide what to do.
RELEASE DATE: Friday, October 25, 2013 with pre-ordering option available
BOOK DETAILS: ISBN: 978-0-87710-502-2
PRI Special Publication # 43
252 pp.
$18.00
Published by the Paleontological Research Institution
ABOUT PRI: Founded in 1932, the Paleontological Research Institution has outstanding programs in research, collections, publications, and public education. The Institution cares for a collection of nearly three million specimens (one of the 10 largest in the U.S.), and publishes Bulletins of American Paleontology, the oldest paleontological journal in the Western Hemisphere, begun in 1895. PRI is a national leader in the development of informal (i.e., outside the classroom) Earth science education resources for educators and the general public. PRI and its two public venues for education, the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center, are separate from, but formally affiliated with Cornell University, and interact closely with numerous University departments in research, teaching, and public outreach.
FUNDING AND SPONSORS: This book has been made possible by federal formula funds administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and grants from the National Science Foundation.
WRITTEN BY: This book was written by Dr. Don Duggan-Haas, Dr. Robert M. Ross, and Dr. Warren D. Allmon
with contributions from Kelly E. Cronin, Trisha A. Smrecak, and Sara Auer Perry.
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