The Key to Earth History: An Introduction to Stratigraphy / Edition 2

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Designed to take students from the basic tools used by geologists to reconstruct Earth's history through the pattern of global environmental change which has taken place since the Earth's formation. The first section comprises methods used to establish, date and interpret sequences of rocks as the products of a series of events in our planet's history. The latter half presents the results obtained to demonstrate how the Earth's environment has changed through geological time.
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Six years after the first edition, Doyle and colleagues U. of Greenwich incorporate new techniques and the rediscovery of some old ones that have changed the field. Their goal is to introduce the pattern and process of Earth history in ways more interesting than the traditional memorization of dates and rock units that students find boring. Among the topics are establishing the sequence of events, the role of plate tectonics in the evolution and closure of sedimentary basins, the stratigraphical record and global rhythm, and Pangaea and the opening of the Atlantic. The glossary does no indicate pronunciation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471492153
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/18/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.63 (w) x 9.67 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: What is Stratigraphy? 1
Pt. 1 Principles 5
2 Uniformitarianism or Actualism 7
3 Establishing the Sequence of Events 11
4 Geological Time 11
5 Interpreting the Stratigraphical Record 63
6 The Evolution and Closure of Sedimentary Basins: The Role of Plate Tectonics 101
7 The Stratigraphical Tool Kit: Case Studies 121
8 Summary of Part One: The Stratigraphical Tool Kit 139
Pt. 2 The Pattern of Earth History 141
9 Introduction to Part Two 143
10 The Stratigraphical Record and Global Rhythm 145
11 The North Atlantic Region: a Journey Through Time 191
12 The Precambrian: Peering into Deep Time 195
13 Pangaea: Birth of a Giant 215
14 Pangaea and the Opening of the Atlantic 249
15 Summary of Part Two: The Pattern of Earth History 275
Lexicon of stratigraphical terms 279
Index 287
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