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Key to Earth History An Introduction to Stratigraphy

ISBN-10: 0471948454

ISBN-13: 9780471948452

Edition: 1994

Authors: Peter Doyle, Matthew R. Bennett, Alistair N. Baxter

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The Key to Earth History An Introduction to Stratigraphy Peter Doyle Matthew R. Bennett and Alistair N. Baxter School of Earth Sciences, University of Greenwich, UK The Key to Earth History is the first textbook on stratigraphy to introduce the student to the basic tools used by geologists to reconstruct Earth's history, as well as showing how these can be utilised to chart the pattern of global environmental change which has taken place since the formation of the Earth some 4600 million years ago. Divided into two sections, the book discusses how stratigraphy is the key to understanding the history of the Earth, and how it can be used as a dynamic tool in unravelling ancient Earth environments. The first part examines the basic stratigraphical methods used to establish, date and interpret sequences of rocks as the products of a series of events in the Earth's history. The second part of the book presents the results obtained by geologists, who have used these stratigraphical tools in order to build up a record of the way in which the Earth's global environment has changed through geological time. The reader is introduced to these concepts through the use of boxes highlighting key points, together with international case histories, and this user-friendly approach will ensure that The Key to Earth History is essential first-year reading for geology, environmental science and geography undergraduates.
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/11/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 244
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Preface
Illustrations
Introduction: What is Stratigraphy?
Principles
Uniformitarianism or Actualism
Establishing the Sequence of Events
Geological Time
Interpreting the Stratigraphical Record
The Evolution and Closure of Sedimentary Basins: The Role of Plate Tectonics
The Stratigraphical Tool Kit: Case Studies
Summary of Part One: The Stratigraphical Tool Kit
The Pattern of Earth History
Introduction to Part Two
The Stratigraphical Record and Global Rhythm
The North Atlantic Region: a Journey Through Time
The Precambrian: Peering into Deep Time
Pangaea: Birth of a Giant
Pangaea and the Opening of the Atlantic
Summary of Part Two: The Pattern of Earth History
Lexicon of stratigraphical terms
Index