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