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Fundamentals of Historical Geology

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By: D Dathe

256 pages, 200 col photos & illus

William C Brown

Paperback | Dec 1993 | #37739 | ISBN: 0697147053
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About this book

Covers the basic principles of historical geology, paricularly focusing on Canadian and US geologic history.


Contents

Part 1 Basic principles: catastrophism and uniformitarianism; relative-age dating; radiometric-age dating; the geologic time scale; plate tectonics - summary; plate tectonics and Earth history. Part 2 Fossils and evolution: fossils; taphonomy; uses of fossils; marine environments and life habits; taxonomy; evolutionary theory; evidence for evolution; the speed of evolution; patterns of evolution; extinctions; fossils and the geologic time scale. Part 3 The Precambrian: the Precambrian; the early Earth; cratons and shields; the Archean; the Proterozoic; the Ediacaran period; Precambrian life. Part 4 The early Paleozoic: characteristics of the early Paleozoic; the North American craton; the eastern margin; the western margin; life in the early Paleozoic. Part 5 The late Paleozoic: characteristics of the late Paleozoic; the North American craton; the eastern margin; the western margin; life in the late Paleozoic. Part 6 The Mesozoic: characteristics of the Mesozoic; the North American craton; the eastern margin; the western margin; life in the Mesozoic. Part 7 The Cenozoic: characteristics of the Cenozoic; the North American craton; the eastern margin; the western margin; life in the Cenozoic. Appendices: bedrock geology of selected regions; the national parks; representative localities; state, province and territory geological surveys; fossil phyla.

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