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Tales of the Earth: Paroxysms and Perturbations of the Blue Planet

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By: CB Officer and J Page

246 pages, 17 b/w photos, 38 line illus

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Jan 1995 | #40582 | ISBN: 0195090489
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Hardback | Dec 1993 | #28413 | ISBN: 0195077857
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About this book

Describes some of the great events of environmental history, blending accounts by interested observers with clear explanations of the science involved. The `tales' range from descriptions of catastrophic natural events to current manmade environmental disasters such as Chernobyl.

..Officer and Page prance from topic to topic across the aeons, providing an irresistable combination of history, speculation, humour, and "hard science explanation" Washington Post Book World


Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Part One: Nature's effect on man; the earth is still hot and mobile; And from time to time its surface moves around; There have been frequent flooding and sea-level change events on earth; And occasional visitors from outer space; Part Two: Changes in climate and life on earth: The earth's climate changes on a variety of time scales; And on rare occasions there are changes in its community of living things; Part Three: Man's effect on nature; Then along came man and man has effected vast environmental changes on a local and regional scale; With the potential for equally great changes on a global scale; The most fundamental question facing mankind today is whether man can evolve to live in harmony with nature; References; Index.

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