By Michael Allaby

This dictionary of earth sciences has been revised and up to date and includes over 6000 entries, together with planetary technology, distant sensing, records, and series stratigraphy, and gigantic updating in paleontology, mineralogy, and geophysics.

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In a mollusc (*Mollusca) shell, the opening through which the soft parts of the animal emerge. It is often a simple, circular opening, but is modified in some genera. In gastropods (*Gastropoda), where the aperture is circular or elliptical it is said to be ‘holostomatous’ or ‘entire’; where it is notched (to accommodate a *siphon) it is said to be ‘siphonostomatous’. In cephalopods (*Cephalopoda), the aperture may be indented or notched at the ventral margin by a hyponomic sinus, which houses the *hyponome.

See alternating magnetic field demagnetization. Animalia (Metazoa) Multicellular organisms that develop from embryos; one of the three kingdoms of multicellular organisms (the other two being *Fungi and *Plantae). The kingdom includes all animals other than protozoons (some of which are colonial); *Porifera (sponges) are sometimes excluded because their structure differs markedly from that of other animals. Animals first appeared in the *Precambrian, the Porifera from one 27 kind of *protist forebear, and all other animals from another (or possibly more than one other) protist.

Antimonite See stibnite. antimony, native Metallic element, Sb; soft, whitish; *crystals *tabular *hexagonal; *cleavage basal; occurs native in association with *stibnite (antimonite). antimony glance See stibnite. antiperthite See hypersolvus granite; and plagioclase feldspar. antithetic fault A *fault, usually one of a set, which in vertical section shows a sense of *slip opposite to that of the major fault from which it originates. The term derives from the Greek word antithethemi, meaning ‘set against’.

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