Why Geology Matters Decoding the Past Anticipating the Future

ISBN-10: 0520272714
ISBN-13: 9780520272712
Edition: 2011
Authors: Doug Macdougall
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Description: Volcanic dust, climate change, tsunamis, earthquakes--geoscience explores phenomena that profoundly affect our lives. But more than that, as Doug Macdougall makes clear, the science also provides important clues to the future of the planet. In an  More...

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List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/19/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Volcanic dust, climate change, tsunamis, earthquakes--geoscience explores phenomena that profoundly affect our lives. But more than that, as Doug Macdougall makes clear, the science also provides important clues to the future of the planet. In an entertaining and accessibly written narrative, Macdougall gives an overview of Earth's astonishing history based on information extracted from rocks, ice cores, and other natural archives. He explores such questions as: What is the risk of an asteroid striking Earth? Why does the temperature of the ocean millions of years ago matter today? How are efforts to predict earthquakes progressing? Macdougall also explains the legacy of greenhouse gases from Earth's past and shows how that legacy shapes our understanding of today's human-caused climate change. We find that geoscience in fact illuminates many of today's most pressing issues--the availability of energy, access to fresh water, sustainable agriculture, maintaining biodiversity--and we discover how, by applying new technologies and ideas, we can use it to prepare for the future.

Doug Macdougallis Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. He is the author ofNature's Clocks: How Scientists Measure the Age of Almost Everything;Frozen Earth: The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages(both from UC Press); andA Short History of Planet Earth.

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