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Earth

ISBN-10: 0192803077
ISBN-13: 9780192803078
Edition: 2002
Authors: Martin Redfern
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Description: For generations, the ground beneath the feet of our ancestors seemed solid and unchanging. Around 30 years ago, two things happened that were to revolutionize the understanding of our home planet. First, geologists realized that the continents  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/25/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

For generations, the ground beneath the feet of our ancestors seemed solid and unchanging. Around 30 years ago, two things happened that were to revolutionize the understanding of our home planet. First, geologists realized that the continents themselves were drifting across the surface of the globe and that oceans were being created and destroyed. Secondly, pictures of the entire planet were returned from space. As the astronomer Fred Hoyle had predicted, this 'let loose an idea as powerful as any in history'. Suddenly, the Earth began to be viewed as a single entity; a dynamic, interacting whole, controlled by complex processes we scarcely understood. It began to seem less solid. As one astronaut put it, 'a blue jewel on black velvet; small, fragile and touchingly alone'. Geologists at last were able to see the whole as well as the detail; the wood as well as the trees. This book brings their account up to date with the latest understanding of the processes that govern our planet.

Martin Redfern is a senior producer in the BBC Radio Science Unit. He joined the BBC as a studio manager after graduating from University College, London, where he studied geology. He has spent time as a science producer in TV and as science news editor for BBC World Service. Most of his work now is on science feature programs for Radio 4. He has written extensively on science for magazines and newspapers.

Acknowledgements
List of illustrations
Dynamic planet
Deep time
Deep Earth
Under the sea
Drifting continents
Volcanoes
When the ground shakes
Epilogue
Further reading
Index

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