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Posted August 12, 2013
I¿ve been reading these very short introductions for years, and
I’ve been reading these very short introductions for years, and I am still really impressed with the quality of writing and the insights that these small books provide. This introduction to the planet Earth is no exception. It is a book largely dedicated to Earth’s geology, but it also covers many other aspects of what makes this planet of ours so unique. The book is written in an accessible and easy to follow style. Some of the earlier chapters are suitable even for the bright middle school pupils. I was always particularly interested in the whole subject of plate tectonics, and this book provides a very interesting coverage of that topic. Plate tectonics is far more important for the possibility of life on Earth than most people realize. If our planet were much hotter (like Venus) or colder (Mars) the plate tectonics would not be possible, and without it neither would the complex life of which we are one part.
This is a very readable and interesting book that will kindle – or rekindle – your interest in the big picture of our planet. Highly recommended.
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