OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Earth: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780192803078

Price(incl.tax): 
¥1,628
Author: 
Martin Redfern
Pages
160 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
113 x 177 mm
Pub date
Jun 2003
Series
Very Short Introductions

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  • Lively and informative look at the frontiers of geological science
  • Comprehensive and accessible introduction to the processes which govern the changing geology of the Earth
  • Leads the reader to understand the relationships between the various processes that make the Earth one dynamic, living planet

   
For generations, the ground beneath the feet of our ancestors seemed solid and unchanging. Around 30 years ago, two things happened that were to revolutionize the understanding of our home planet. First, geologists realized that the continents themselves were drifting across the surface of the globe and that oceans were being created and destroyed. Secondly, pictures of the entire planet were returned from space. As the astronomer Fred Hoyle had predicted, this 'let loose an idea as powerful as any in history'. Suddenly, the Earth began to be viewed as a single entity; a dynamic, interacting whole, controlled by complex processes we scarcely understood. It began to seem less solid. As one astronaut put it, 'a blue jewel on black velvet; small, fragile and touchingly alone'. Geologists at last were able to see the whole as well as the detail; the wood as well as the trees. This book brings their account up to date with the latest understanding of the processes that govern our planet. 

Index: 

1: Dynamic Planet
2: Deep Time
3: Deep Earth
4: Under the Sea
5: Drifting Continents
6: Volcanoes
7: When the Ground Shakes
Epilogue

About the author: 

Martin Redfern studied geology at University College London. Since 1981 he has worked as an executive producer at the BBC World Service Science Unit, making programmes for both the World Service and Radio 4. He has also written extensively for magazines and newspapers such as New Scientist, The Economist, the Sunday Times, and the Independent on Sunday. His books include Journey to the Centre of the Earth, (Broadside Books 1991), The Kingfisher Book of Space (1998), and The Kingfisher Book of Planet Earth (1999), which was short-listed for the Aventis Junior Science Book Prize.

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