This survey is the first to weave together the three major intellectual revolutions in the Earth Sciences that have occurred in the last forty years—the theory of plate tectonics, the Earth-Systems-Science synthesis, and the connection between the evolution of life and the evolution of the Earth itself.
Stephen Marshak is Professor of Geology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he is also the Director of the School of Earth, Society, and Environment. He holds an AB from Cornell University, an MS from the University of Arizona, and a PhD from Columbia University. Steve’s research interests lie in structural geology and tectonics. This work has taken him into the field on multiple continents. He has also won his college’s and university’s highest teaching awards. In addition to research papers and Earth: Portrait of a Planet, Steve has authored Essentials of Geology; and has co-authored Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology; Earth Structure: An Introduction to Structural Geology and Tectonics; and Basic Methods of Structural Geology.