By: Peter Cattermole
283 pages, 128 col plates, 113 illus
Starts with the Earth's physical and chemical evolution out of the primordial solar nebula. The condensation of elements and their redistribution are described, leading into a section dealing with mapping, geophysical and geochemical studies. Basic principles and processes of plate tectonics are then described, leading to the elucidation of the working of geological cycles. The main thrust of the remainder of the book is a description of the geological evolution of the Earth, with volcanism and seismicity, ice ages and climate, isotopic techniques and age dating, all treated, along with the impact of mass extinctions, global-warming and ozone holes.
'In straightforward language we are taken from the Earth's beginnings, given some understanding of the Earth's heat engine, and guided through the patterns of Earth's history. An excellent book!' Irish Astronomical Journal
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