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Earth's Evolving Systems: The History of Planet Earth

  • Presents the Earth as a continuously evolving and dynamic planet whose history consists of a succession of vastly different worlds very much unlike our modern Earth.
  • Discusses the scientific method in Chapter 1, emphasizing how historical geology differs from the standard "scientific method" presented as the paradigm of experimental sciences and of all science.
  • Bridges traditional historical geology texts by discussing historical information in the context of the interaction and integration of Earth systems through geologic time by using the tectonic (Wilson) cycle as a unifying theme.
  • Concentrates on North America but offers a global perspective on Earth systems on processes such as orogenesis, seaways, and ocean circulation, the evolution of life, and mass extinction.
  • Discusses rapid climate change and anthropogenic impacts in the context of a continuously evolving Earth whose environments are now being altered by anthropogenic climate change.
  • End-of-chapter materials include: general review questions, more challenging "Food for Thought" questions, key terms listing, and a "Sources and Further Readings" section.
  • Boxes throughout the text highlight interesting bits of related information, unusual occurrences, or elaborates on material presented in the text

By: Ronald E Martin(Author)

720 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations

Jones & Bartlett

Hardback | Aug 2016 | Edition: 2 | #228615 | ISBN-13: 9781284108293
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Earth's Evolving Systems: The History of Planet Earth, Second Edition is an introductory text designed for popular courses in undergraduate Earth history. Written from a "systems perspective", it provides coverage of the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere, and discusses how those systems interacted over the course of geologic time. The origins of the planet and life and its evolution are presented within the context of the major eras, including Proterozoic, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Paleogene, and Neogene. No other resource captures the dynamism of our planet's fascinating history. Earth's Evolving Systems draws primarily on the author's approach to an introductory course populated mostly by non-science majors. He has taught the course for over 20 years and its content convinces some students to become geology majors.


Part  1  Earth Systems: Their Nature and Their Study
Chapter  1  Investigating Earth Systems
Chapter  2  Plate Tectonics
Chapter  3  Earth Systems: Processes and Interactions
Chapter  4  Sedimentary Rocks, Sedimentary Environments, and Fossils
Chapter  5  Evolution and Extinction
Chapter  6  Geologic Time and Stratigraphy

Part  2  The Precambrian Origin and Early Evolution of Earth’s Systems
Chapter  7  An Extraordinary Beginning: The Hadean and Archean
Chapter  8  The Origins of Life
Chapter  9  The Proterozoic: Life Becomes a Geologic Force
Chapter  10  Life’s Big Bang: The Explosive Origins and Early Diversification of Multicellular Animals

Part  3  The Phanerozoic: Toward the Modern World
Chapter  11  The Early-to-Middle Paleozoic World
Chapter  12  Late Paleozoic World
Chapter  13  The Mesozoic Era
Chapter  14  The Cenozoic Era: The Paleogene Period
Chapter  15  The Cenozoic Era: The Neogene Period

Part  4  Humans and the Environment
Chapter  16  Rapid Climate Change During the Holocene
Chapter  17  The Anthropocene: Humans as an Environmental Force

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Ron Martin is Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Delaware. He received his B.S. degree in Geology from Bowling Green State University, M.S. from the University of Florida, and the Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of California at Berkeley.

His present research focuses on the evolution of plankton and the biosphere, marine-terrestrial interactions, and the formation of fossil assemblages, especially those of microfossils, and their use in deciphering past climate and sea-level change; microfossils as bioindicators of ecosystem health; and geoarchaeology.

He worked as a biostratigrapher for Unocal in Houston prior to coming to Delaware in 1985. He has served as Associate Editor of Palaios, Editor of the Journal of Foraminiferal Research, President of the North American Micropaleontological Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), and is the author of One Long Experiment: Scale and Process in Earth History, Taphonomy: A Process Approach, and editor of Environmental Micropaleontology: The Application of Microfossils to Environmental Geology. He teaches courses in paleontology, stratigraphy, and Earth systems, and has been nominated for the University of Delaware excellence in Teaching Award several times.

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