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New Views on an Old Planet : a History of Global Change (2ND 94 Edition)by Tjeerd H. Van Andel
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Earth Science is history, and because the earth is changing every day, earth history is being added every moment. Professor van Andel's now famous book on earth history interweaves three main themes: the evolution of the solid earth; the history of oceans and atmospheres; and the evolution of life. In the decade since this award-winning book was first published, much new information has been learned and confirmed, and Dr. van Andel draws on this wealth of knowledge to thoroughly revise and update the text. There is a new chapter on how we can improve our grasp on geological time and, mindful of the current interest in global change, new sections describe the greenhouse effect and address its possible future ramifications. In prose that is both concise and compelling and with a glossary and suggestions for further reading New Views on an Old Planet: A History of Global Change, makes earth history appealing to the general reader .
A historical account of the global change.
In this new revised edition of his award-winning book on the Earth's history, Professor van Andel updates and expands his earlier text, drawing on a wealth of new knowledge that has become available in the last decade. This book examines the major changes in the earth's history - the evolution of the solid Earth, the changing oceans and atmospheres and the progression of life - to render a historical account of the earth's evolution. In prose that is both concise and compelling, this book makes Earth history appealing to the general reader. It will serve as a text for introductory courses in the earth and environmental sciences.
In this book, Professor van Andel, a distinguished earth scientist, interweaves the major strands of change taking place on the earth - continental drift, climatic fluctuations and the progression of life - into a carefully constructed historical account of the evolution of the earth. He does this against a backdrop of evolving ideas; the outlook of geologists everywhere has been profoundly altered by the adoption of the theory of continental drift, and with this change have come wholly new interpretations of earth history. In a unique manner, blending information with illustrations and through experiments, the author elaborates on such topics as the rock record, the mechanisms of climatic change, the process of plate tectonics and continental drift, the progression of life and its numerous catastrophic setbacks.
In 'New Views on an Old Planet: A History of Global Change' Professor van Andel makes earth history comprehensible and appealing to the general reader. Careful to avoid mathematics and technical language, he uses illustrations, thought experiments, and analogies to convey his account of the earth's history.
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