Earth System History

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Macmillan, 2005 - Science - 567 pages
Designed for a new generation of readers, Stanley's Earth System History is a reforging of his Exploring Earth and Life Through Time. Adopting an earth system approach throughout, Earth System History shows students how Earth's ecosystem has developed over time and how events in the past provide a perspective for dealing with present and future changes. Clear and concise, the new Second Edition of this introduction to historical geology is perfect for one-term non-majors courses and contains lots of new content and improved visuals.
 

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Contents

Materials Processes and Principles i
1
Earth as a System
3
Global Dating of the Rock Record
11
RockForming Minerals and Rocks
27
The Properties of Minerals
33
Types of Rocks
36
Chapter SummaryReview Quetion
47
The Diversity of Life
49
The Ages of the Planets and the Universe
251
Evidence of Archean Life
262
Atmospheric Oxygen
270
The Proterozoic Eon of Precambrian Time
273
Global Events of the Paleoproterozoic
278
The Expansion and Contraction
287
The Assembly and Breakup of Neoproterozoic
294
The Early Paleozoic World
299

Identifying Clades and Their Relationships
57
A Kingdom of Decomposers
64
Chapter SummaryReview Queticn
76
Environments and Life
79
Biogeography concerns broad patterns
84
Sedimentary Environments
103
Marginal Marine and OpenShelf
114
DeepSea Environments
124
Correlation and Dating of the Rock Record
129
Methods of Stratigraphic
130
Earths Absolute Age
139
Event Stratigraphy
145
Evolution and the Fossil Record
153
Genes DNA and Chromosomes
160
Extinction
166
Evolution is irreversible
174
The Theory of Plate Tectonics
177
The Rise of Plate Tectonics
185
Plate Movements
192
Continental Tectonics and Mountain Chains
199
Mountain Building
207
Suturing of Small Landmasses
215
Major Chemical Cycles
221
Earth System History
222
The Story of Earth
245
The Archean Eon of Precambrian Time
247
Major Events of
300
The Middle Paleozoic World
327
Ordovician Life 309 Chapter SummaryReview Quetioiu
352
The Late Paleozoic World
355
Extinction set back marine diversification 3 1 1 Late Paleozoic Life
358
Earth System Shift 13 2 Glaciation Results
364
The Middle Paleozoic Dry habitats expanded in Permian time
371
Earth System Shift 141 Plants Alter Coal deposits formed within cyclothems
379
The Early Mesozoic Era
387
Life on Land
394
The Paleogeography of the Early
404
Chapter SummaryReview Quetioiu
415
The Cretaceous World
417
Paleogeography of the Cretaceous World
428
The Paleogene World
445
Paleogene Climates
455
Chapter SummaryReview Queafiona
467
The Neogene World
469
The Modern Ice Age of the Northern
477
Changes in oceanic circulation may have
484
Earth System Shift 192 The Human Genus
508
The Holocene
515
Stratigraphic Stages
540
Index
553
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