This reader of public press articles addresses the current state of Earth and the changes it faces; world populations and hunger; present and future needs and problems; endangered species; natural resources; and pollution.
UNIT 1. An Introduction to the Science of Geology
A. BIAS IN SCIENCE
1. On a Toothed Bird's Place in Nature, Stephen Jay Gould, Natural History, February 1996.
2. The Great Scablands Debate, Stephen Jay Gould, Natural History, August/September 1978.
B. CORRELATION USED AS A CAUSAL RELATIONSHIP
3. Mythical Influences of Crystallization Temperature and Pressure on the Susceptibility of Minerals to Weathering, Jesse Marion Wampler, Journal of Geoscience Education, January 1997.
C. THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD AND HYPOTHESIS TESTING
4. Time and Size of a Giant Earthquake in Cascadia Inferred from Japanese Tsunami Records of January 1700, Kenji Satake, Kunihiko Shimazaki, Yoshinobu Tsuji, and Kazue Ueda, Nature, January 18, 1996.
5. The Last Great Impact on Earth, Richard Stone, Discover, September 1996.
6. Creationism's Geologic Time Scale, Donald U. Wise, American Scientist, March/April 1998.
UNIT 2. Geological History