Into the Heart of Our World: A Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Remarkable Voyage of Scientific Discovery

Into the Heart of Our World: A Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Remarkable Voyage of Scientific Discovery

by David Whitehouse


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An enthralling and extraordinary adventure vividly charting the mysteries of the deep Earth, the history of our planet, and the latest discoveries about its inner core.
The journey to the center of the earth is a voyage like no other we can imagine. Over 3000 km below the earth's surface, an extraordinary inner world the size of Mars awaits us. Dive through the molten iron of the outer core and eventually you will reach a solid sphere —an iron-clad world held within a metal sea and unattached to anything above. At the earth's core is the history of our planet written in temperature and pressure, crystals and minerals ...
Our planet appears tranquil from outer space. And yet the arcs of volcanoes, the earthquake zones, and the auroral glow rippling above our heads are testimony to the remarkable happenings within the earth’s core. For thousands of years these phenomena were explained in legend and myth. Only in recent times has the brave new science of seismology emerged. One hundred and fifty years after the extraordinary, imaginative feat of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth, David Whitehouse embarks on a voyage of scientific discovery into the heart of our world.
Seismologists today reveal a planet astonishingly buried within a planet. We watch as supercomputers convert signals from the ground into three-dimensional scans of subterranean continents. We will visit laboratories where scientists attempt to reproduce the intense conditions at the center of the Earth, travel down the throat of a volcano, look into the deepest hole ever drilled, and imagine a voyage through enormous crystals of iron...all at the center of our incredible Earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605989594
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 02/01/2016
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Dr David Whitehouse is a scientist and journalist. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a regular broadcaster on science-related matters for the BBC and Sky News. Asteroid 4036 Whitehouse is named after him. Follow him on Twitter: @dr_david_w

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Introduction 1

1 The Archive of the Earth 5

2 'Descend, bold traveller' 8

3 Underworld 26

4 Birthmarks 31

5 The Survivors 44

6 The Messengers 56

7 Tenham 68

8 The Butler and the Housekeeper 71

9 Death on the Ice 86

10 Superdeep 90

11 The Hansbach 98

12 The Pressure Principle 111

13 Splinters of the Stars 121

14 D-Double-Prime 124

15 Dark Matter 131

16 Borderlands 134

17 Plumes 140

18 'The old boy beamed upon me' 148

19 The Protector 152

20 Magnetic Dreams 160

21 The Terrella 169

22 Reversal 182

23 Inside the Inside 199

24 Stranger in a Strange Land 211

25 The Crystal Forest 223

26 Other Worlds, Other Journeys 233

27 Journey's End 243

28 Playthings of the Earth 250

Index 257

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