When Land, Sea, and Life Began: The Precambrian

When Land, Sea, and Life Began: The Precambrian

by Jean F. Blashfield, Richard P. Jacobs
     
 

Imagine a world with a thick stew of poisonous gases. A world so hot that metals and rock melt. There is no land, no water, no life. This is not Jupiter or Saturn. This is our planet, Earth, over 4 billion years ago! Journey into the distant past with this book and witness the earliest events on Earth; when the land and sea first formed, and the earliest life

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Imagine a world with a thick stew of poisonous gases. A world so hot that metals and rock melt. There is no land, no water, no life. This is not Jupiter or Saturn. This is our planet, Earth, over 4 billion years ago! Journey into the distant past with this book and witness the earliest events on Earth; when the land and sea first formed, and the earliest life arrived.

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School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-These four titles trace the evolution of life and the geological progress of the planet over time. Coverage ranges from the four billion years of Precambrian time in Land, Sea, and Life to the comparatively brief Pleistocene Epoch of just under two million years in Ice. Well-organized texts present these significant time spans in clear language, progressing smoothly from general statements to more specific details. A wealth of illustrative matter helps to make the information easy to digest. An extensive discussion of glaciers, for example, includes several color photographs, clear maps, and useful diagrams, all neatly placed to provide effective visual references. The development of scientific knowledge is a consistent theme, as the authors note how our understanding of prehistory has changed over time. Recent finds are included, such as a reference to a 2004 discovery of a dinosaur-eating mammal, Repenomamus. Prehistoric time spans are often mentioned in dinosaur books, but are rarely explained with the level of detail found here, while most books on plate tectonics focus more on geology, with less emphasis on the biological impact of Earth's changes. With so much ground to cover, the amount of information gets a bit overwhelming at times. Occasionally, sentences are oversimplified; referring to "the last few years of the Precambrian," for instance, is misleading when describing a period of several billion years. In general, though, these titles are attractive additions with a wealth of in-depth, accessible information.-Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403476579
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Series:
Prehistoric North America Series
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
8.18(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
11 - 13 Years

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