Earth An Intimate History

ISBN-10: 0375706208
ISBN-13: 9780375706202
Edition: 2005
Authors: Richard Fortey
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Description: In Earth, the acclaimed author of Trilobite! and Life takes us on a grand tour of the earth’s physical past, showing how the history of plate tectonics is etched in the landscape around us. Beginning with Mt. Vesuvius, whose eruption in Roman  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/8/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

In Earth, the acclaimed author of Trilobite! and Life takes us on a grand tour of the earth’s physical past, showing how the history of plate tectonics is etched in the landscape around us. Beginning with Mt. Vesuvius, whose eruption in Roman times helped spark the science of geology, and ending in a lab in the West of England where mathematical models and lab experiments replace direct observation, Richard Fortey tells us what the present says about ancient geologic processes. He shows how plate tectonics came to rule the geophysical landscape and how the evidence is written in the hills and in the stones. And in the process, he takes us on a wonderful journey around the globe to visit some of the most fascinating and intriguing spots on the planet.

Richard Fortey is a senior paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London.

Acknowledgements
Preface
Up and Down
Island
Oceans and Continents
Alps
Plates
Ancient Ranges
The Dollar
Hot Rocks
Fault Lines
The Ancient of Days
Cover Story
Deep Things
World View
Picture Credits
Further Reading
Index

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