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Introductory work describing the development of land, sea, atmosphere, climate and the origins of life.
The big bang - birth of the universe; the solar system forms; the solar system - meteorites; early Earth, crust and water; life evolves; life shapes atmosphere; simple to complex cells; life explodes?; atmosphere shapes life; time in the rocks; dating the past; perfectly preserved; the lost ocean; life moves on to land; from fins to four legs; coal forests and carbon cycles; amphibians and reptiles; boom and bust; what causes mass extinctions?; soaring the skies; into bloom; sluggish oceans; dinosaur death; mammals diversify; rising mountains; on the move; freezing and melting; shell thermometer; what are the effects of ice ages?; humans evolve; humans shape the environment; Earth's future; Earth status globes.