Earth: An Intimate History (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 4, 2009 - Science - 448 pages
19 Reviews
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.


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Review: Earth: An Intimate History

User Review  - Jerry - Goodreads

With two-page long paragraphs and overly stylized 'flowery' language, this was tough to read. But, about a third of the way into the book, Fortey calmed down and started writing in a more matter-of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jim Boyd - Goodreads

a fantastic read, covers most of the things you want to know about the history of the physical earth Read full review

Contents

Island
34
Oceans and Continents
69
Alps
83
Plates
129
Ancient Ranges
165
The Dollar
209
Hot Rocks
231
Fault Lines
264
The Ancient of Days
287
Cover Story
321
Deep Things
341
World View
367
Piclzirc Credits
413
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About the author (2009)

Richard Fortey is a senior paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London. Life was short-listed for the Rh™ne-Poulenc Prize in 1998, Trilobite! was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2001, and The Hidden Landscape was awarded the Natural World Book of the Year in 1993. He was awarded the Lewis Thomas Prize for science writing by Rockefeller University in 2004. He was Collier Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Bristol in 2002 and is now a Fellow of the Royal Society. He lives in London.


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