Appropriate for one-semester courses in historical geology. This text assumes basic prerequisite coursework in physical geology.This exceptionally readable text gives students an in-depth and accurate picture of the complexities of Earth's history and life. The history of Earth is considered not only from the conventional surface approach but also from the perspective of Earth and its role as a member of the solar system. Plate tectonics is placed at a central position in the discussion of Earth's history.
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Reflecting the tremendous change and factors affecting historical geology in the past 25 years (such as seafloor spreading, plate tectonics, and extensive research of other planets in our Solar System), this exceptionally readable book gives readers an in-depth and accurate picture of the complexities of the history of the Earth and life. Examines the Earth as a total system and attempts to show how the various subsystems are related and influence each other. Surveys important isotopic dating methods, compares planetary evolution, studies ancient climates, and delves into the origin and evolution of life. Shares new and exciting developments in the Earth Sciences, such as extraterrestrial impact and mass extinction of organisms, the origin of continents, rates of organic evolution, and the dating of very old rocks.
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Book Description Prentice Hall, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110134918207