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

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Divided into two parts, the book shows how stratigraphy is the key to understanding the history of the Earth. The first part examines the ba sic stratigraphical methods used to establish, date and interpret the rock record as the product of a series of events whithin Earth history . The second part presents the results obtained by geologists, who hav e used these stratigraphical tools to reconstruct the pattern of globa l environmental change through geological time and focuses on the geol ogical evolution of the North Atlantic region. The Key to Earth Histor y is essential reading for geologists, geographers and environmental s cientists, as well as to all those interested in the story of the plan et.

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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 booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471492160
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

Illustrations.

Introduction: What is Stratigraphy?

PRINCIPLES.

Uniformitarianism or Actualism.

Establishing the Sequence of Events.

Geological Time.

Interpreting the Stratigraphical Record.

The Evolution and Closure of Sedimentary Basins: The Role of Plate Tectonics.

The Stratigraphical Tool Kit: Case Studies.

Summary of Part One: The Stratigraphical Tool Kit.

THE PATTERN OF EARTH HISTORY.

Introduction to Part Two.

The Stratigraphical Record and Global Rhythm.

The North Atlantic Region: A Journey Through Time.

The Precambrian: Peering into Deep Time.

Pangaea: Birth of a Giant.

Pangaea and the Opening of the Atlantic.

Summary of Part Two: The Pattern of Earth History.

Lexicon of Stratigraphical Terms.

Index.

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