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Covers the dramatic history of planet Earth and the rocky road to understanding the past. This is a probing account of the history of the earth and an introduction to the many eccentric characters that have attempted to understand its origins. It is full of fascinating anecdotes about 19th century explorers and natural philosophers who first carved up Earth's history just as others were carving up the globe. Unraveled is the fascinating history of rock strata and the implications they have had on accepted theories on the Earth's life. The book also considers the future of the earth, and what a repeat of some of the catastrophic events of the earth's past, such as major earthquakes and asteroid collisions, could mean for life today.