Earth (The Very Short Introduction Series): A Very Short Introduction

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Around 30 years ago, two things happened that were to revolutionize the understanding of our home planet. First, geologists realized that the continents themselves were drifting across the surface of the globe and that oceans were being created and destroyed. Secondly, pictures of the entire planet were returned from space. Suddenly, the Earth began to be viewed as a single entity; a dynamic, interacting whole, controlled by complex processes we scarcely understood.

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Overview


Around 30 years ago, two things happened that were to revolutionize the understanding of our home planet. First, geologists realized that the continents themselves were drifting across the surface of the globe and that oceans were being created and destroyed. Secondly, pictures of the entire planet were returned from space. Suddenly, the Earth began to be viewed as a single entity; a dynamic, interacting whole, controlled by complex processes we scarcely understood.

This Introduction explores emerging geological research and explains how new advances in the understanding of plate tectonics, seismology, and satellite imagery have enabled us to begin to see the Earth as it actually is: dynamic and ever changing.

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"A useful overview of the processes that have shaped our planet. All in all, if you have limited time and only want to dip into a subject, this sort of condensed introduction to a complicated topic like the Earth will hopefully whet your appetite for a more in-depth knowledge."--Katherine Joy, The Astrobiology Society of Britain

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192803078
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 322,657
  • Lexile: 1280L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 4.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Redfern studied geology at University College London. He has written extensively for magazines and newspapers such as New Scientist, The Economist, the Sunday Times, and the Independent on Sunday.

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Table of Contents

1. Dynamic Planet
2. Deep Time
3. Deep Earth
4. Under the Sea
5. Drifting Continents
6. Volcanoes
7. When the Ground Shakes
Epilogue

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  • Posted August 12, 2013

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    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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