Earth Story: The Forces That Have Shaped Our Planet

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Overview

"This book is a wonderful introduction to a new discipline, the geosciences, which integrates diverse fields to explain the intimate connections between fascinating and seemingly unrelated phenomena—the shapes of continents, earthquakes, the locations of mountains and volcanoes, weather and climate, and the evolution of life."—S. George Philander, Princeton University; author of Is the Temperature Rising?

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Editorial Reviews

Meteorite - K. Bernhard Sporli
A visual feast through which our planet speaks to us, a true bridge between Science and Art. . . . Lamb and Singleton have produced an exciting book that is very useful for the layperson interested in Earth sciences. It will also be treasured as a celebration of the beauties of the science by those already familiar with the various issues.
From the Publisher
Winner of the 1999 Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism, American Geophysical Union

One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1999

"With clear prose, vivid images, and enlightening illustrations . . . [Lamb and Sington] lay out the current scientific understanding of Earth's history. . . . This compelling and accessible account merits sustained attention."—
Publishers Weekly

"A visual feast through which our planet speaks to us, a true bridge between Science and Art. . . . Lamb and Singleton have produced an exciting book that is very useful for the layperson interested in Earth sciences. It will also be treasured as a celebration of the beauties of the science by those already familiar with the various issues."—K. Bernhard Sporli, Meteorite

Meteorite
A visual feast through which our planet speaks to us, a true bridge between Science and Art. . . . Lamb and Singleton have produced an exciting book that is very useful for the layperson interested in Earth sciences. It will also be treasured as a celebration of the beauties of the science by those already familiar with the various issues.
— K. Bernhard Sporli
Olin Chism
To most of us, the Rocky Mountains and the Himalayas stand as symbols of permanence. Mere humans and their affairs come and go: The mountains stand forever - an illusion made possible only by our relatively brief lives. Actually, the planet we live on is in constant flux as continental plates shift and collide (occasionally startling us with an earthquake), mountain ranges rise and erode and the Earth's climate changes in vast cycles. This handsomely illustrated new book tells the story of our planet and its changes, a final chapter moving into space to look at other worlds in our solar system - some with remarkable similarities to Earth. Highly recommended for the science-minded. -Dallas Morning News
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this companion to an eight-part BBC series to be broadcast on The Learning Channel beginning in September, geologist Lamb and filmmaker/author Sington (Paradise Dreamed) share their passion for our planet and the diverse life it supports. With clear prose, vivid images and enlightening illustrations, their book lays out the current scientific understanding of Earth's history, most of it deduced from the chemical and physical characteristics of its rocks. The authors show how the planet's layers of crust, mantle, outer core and inner core are fluid and ever-changing. Also described is the process by which new seafloor oozes upward through cracks in mid-ocean ridges, where superheated, percolating water emerges full of mineral riches. The continents move inexorably, driven by internal convection currents, colliding and rifting apart, forming new patterns and terrain, inducing dramatic changes in climate. In the end, this deftly organized book brings readers to the authors' view of our world as an interacting system of atmosphere, water, tectonic plates in motion and living organisms. Lamb and Sington explain how each component is essential to the global balance that has enabled Earth to remain a living planet for at least 3.8 billion of its 4.55 billion years. Not just a coffee-table book, this compelling and accessible account merits sustained attention. (Sept.)
KLIATT
Earth Story is a must for any library, lavishly illustrated with color photos, diagrams, maps, and charts that accompany a lucid text. This history of our planet covers geology, oceans, volcanoes, continental drift, the Ice Age, the origins of life and its development, and the creation of the universe. We get to see photos of the Earth and Moon taken by the Galileo space probe as well as Pathfinder shots of the surface of Mars. The Pioneer orbiter gives us a clear view of Venus and Mariner 10 shows us Mercury. Fossil formation, evolution, the greenhouse effect, glaciers, weather, earthquakes, magnetism, vast oceanic mountain ranges and more are clearly explained. This impressive volume ends with a select bibliography, references, a glossary, and a thorough index. Highly recommended. KLIATT Codes: JSA*-Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1998, Princeton Univ. Press, 240p. illus. maps. bibliog. index., Ages 12 to adult.
— Janet Julian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691116624
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/2/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,220,319
  • Product dimensions: 8.58 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Chapter One: The Time Travelers 11
Chapter Two: The Deep 33
Chapter Three: Ring of Fire 63
Chapter Four: A Volcanic Imagination 91
Chapter Five: The Flow of the Continents 115
Chapter Six: The Ice Age 141
Chapter Seven: The Living Planet 173
Chapter Eight: A World Apart 207
Select Bibliography 234
References 234
Glossary 235
Acknowledgements 236
Picture Credits 236
Index 237

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