The Earth: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | July 30, 2003

byMartin Redfern

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For generations, the ground beneath the feet of our ancestors seemed solid and unchanging. Around 30 years ago, two things happened that were to revolutionize the understanding of our home planet. First, geologists realized that the continents themselves were drifting across the surface of theglobe and that oceans were being created and destroyed. Secondly, pictures of the entire planet were returned from space. As the astronomer Fred Hoyle had predicted, this 'let loose an idea as powerful as any in history'. Suddenly, the Earth began to be viewed as a single entity; a dynamic,interacting whole, controlled by complex processes we scarcely understood. It began to seem less solid. As one astronaut put it, 'a blue jewel on black velvet; small, fragile and touchingly alone'. Geologists at last were able to see the whole as well as the detail; the wood as well as the trees.This book brings their account up to date with the latest understanding of the processes that govern our planet.

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For generations, the ground beneath the feet of our ancestors seemed solid and unchanging. Around 30 years ago, two things happened that were to revolutionize the understanding of our home planet. First, geologists realized that the continents themselves were drifting across the surface of theglobe and that oceans were being created an...

Martin Redfern studied geology at University College London. Since 1981 he has worked as an executive producer at the BBC World Service Science Unit, making programmes for both the World Service and Radio 4. He has also written extensively for magazines and newspapers such as New Scientist, The Economist, the Sunday Times, and the I...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:July 30, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0192803077

ISBN - 13:9780192803078

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Table of Contents

1. Dynamic Planet2. Deep Time3. Deep Earth4. Under the Sea5. Drifting Continents6. Volcanoes7. When the Ground ShakesEpilogue