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A Short History of Planet Earth: Mountains, Mammals, Fire, and Ice (Wiley Popular Science)
A Short History of Planet Earth: Mountains, Mammals, Fire, and Ice (Wiley Popular Science) J. D. MacDougall 0471148059 9780471148050 Four and a half billion years long, Earth2s history is the fascinating, magnificent product of cr
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A Short History of Planet Earth: Mountains, Mammals, Fire, and Ice (Wiley Popular Science) by J. D. MacDougall

Four and a half billion years long, Earth2s history is the fascinating, magnificent product of creation, transformation, evolution, and extinction. A Short History of Planet Earth chronicles this complex life story in an accessible and thoroughly engaging single volume that charts the geologic and biological life of our dynamic planet. How was the planet formed? When did it first see life? How did landmasses develop? What caused mass extinctions? The answers are here. Journey through the Archean, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic periods; witness the emergence of reptiles, horses, and humans; discover how the atmosphere and the continents evolved. Along the way, explore the experts2 provocative new theories about long-standing mysteries-such as the notion that life might have emerged from outer space - as well as the latest theories about current phenomena such as global warming. A Short History of Planet Earth, the ideal, concise introduction to earth and life sciences, includes a handy glossary of geologic terms, and forty information-packed illustrations. Over the billions of years of its existence, our planet has endured global catastrophes on a scale unequaled in human experience, has seen the rise and fall of countless species that no longer grace the earth, and has watched entire ocean basins and mountain ranges form and then disappear. How do we know such things? Some of our understanding comes from laboratory experiments and from mathematical simulations of geologic processes, or even from intelligent speculation. . . . This book is meant to whet your appetite for such knowledge, because there are few things more satisfying than understanding the origins of one2s physical surroundings, and, perhaps, one2s place in that world.-from A Short History of Planet Earth

Author: J. D. MacDougall

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 272

Publisher: Wiley

Publication Date: 1996-04-23

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ISBN: 0471148059


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