Earth Time: Exploring the Deep Past from Victorian England to the Grand Canyon

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Douglas Palmer
John Wiley & Sons, Aug 19, 2005 - History - 358 pages
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The dramatic history of planet Earth and the rocky road to understanding the past
  • A probing account of the history of the earth and an introduction to the many eccentric characters that have attempted to understand its origins.
  • Full of fascinating anecdotes about 19th century explorers and natural philosophers who first carved up Earth's history just as others were carving up the globe.
  • Unravels the fascinating history of rock strata and the implications they have had on accepted theories on the Earth's life.
  • Considers the future of the earth, and what a repeat of some of the catastrophic events of the earth's past, such as major earthquakes and asteroid collisions, could mean for life today.
 

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Contents

PART II Major Powells Boat Trip through the Grand Canyon
235
Earth Time Conclusion
417
References
427

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Douglas Palmer is an academic, lecturer and popular science writer. He is author or co-author of a wide range of books on prehistoric life and fossils, including the best selling Earth. He teaches for the Cambridge University Natural Science Tripos and the International Summer School. A former earth sciences lecturer at Trinity College, Dublin, he also spent two years as an exhibition coordinator at the National Museum of Wales.

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