Evolution of the Earth / Edition 8

Evolution of the Earth / Edition 8

by Donald Prothero, Jr., Rob Dott Robert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0072826843

ISBN-13: 9780072826845

Pub. Date: 09/28/2009

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education

Evolution of the Earth reveals the logical framework of geology, shows relations of the science to the totality of human knowledge, and gives some idea of what it is to be a participant in the discipline. In keeping with the preference for a "How do we know?" rather than "What do we know?" approach, the authors stress what assumptions are made by earth…  See more details below

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Evolution of the Earth reveals the logical framework of geology, shows relations of the science to the totality of human knowledge, and gives some idea of what it is to be a participant in the discipline. In keeping with the preference for a "How do we know?" rather than "What do we know?" approach, the authors stress what assumptions are made by earth historians, what kinds of evidence (and tools for gathering that evidence), and what processes of reasoning and limitations of hypotheses are involved in reconstructing and interpreting the past.

Each chapter begins with a list of highlights entitled "Major Concepts". Many chapters have a summary timeline that puts the entire sequence of events into a quick visual reference frame. The use of dioramas and reconstructions of extinct animals and plants has been greatly expanded, so that students can get a more vivid concept of typical life in any part of the geologic past. In many places, the authors have supplied a full page of color photos of classic fossils from each period to improve the visual recognition of the organisms that give life its distinctive history. The areas of hottest controversy, such as mass extinctions, dinosaur endothermy, the origin of life, and controversies over late Proterozoic tectonics and glaciation, have been given separate sections so that students can appreciate the different sides of the debates.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780072826845
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
648,305
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface


About the Authors


Chapter 1: Time and Terrestrial Change


Chapter 2: Floods, Fossils, and Heresies


Chapter 3: Evolution


Chapter 4: The Relative Geologic Time Scale and Modern Concepts of Stratigraphy


Chapter 5: The Numerical Dating of the Earth


Chapter 6: The Origin and Early Evolution of the Earth


Chapter 7: Mountain Building and Drifting Continents


Chapter 8: Precambrian History An Introduction to the Origin of Continental Crust


Chapter 9: Early Life and Its Patterns


Chapter 10: Earliest Paleozoic History: The Sauk Sequence—An Introduction to Cratons and Epeiric Seas


Chapter 11: The Later Ordovician: Further Studies of Plate Tectonics and the Paleogeography of Orogenic Belts


Chapter 12: The Middle Paleozoic: Time of Reefs, Salt, and Forests


Chapter 13: Late Paleozoic History: A Tectonic Climax and Retreat of the Sea


Chapter 14: The Mesozoic Era: Age of Reptiles and Continental Breakup


Chapter 15: Cenozoic History: Threshold of the Present


Chapter 16: Pleistocene Glaciation and the Advent of Humanity


Chapter 17: The Best of All Possible Worlds?


Appendix I: The Classification and Relationships of Living Organisms


Appendix II: English Equivalents of Metric Measures


Glossary


Index


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