Earth in 100 groundbreaking discoveries /
by Palmer, Douglas.Material type: BookPublisher: Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, 2011Description: 415 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781554078073 :; 1554078075.Title notes: $29.95 prolam 9-2012 (db)Other title: Earth in one hundred groundbreaking discoveries; History of Earth in 100 groundbreaking discoveries; History of Earth in one hundred groundbreaking discoveries.Subject(s): Earth -- History | Geology -- History | Terre -- Histoire -- Ouvrages de vulgarisation | Géologie -- Histoire -- Ouvrages de vulgarisation
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
<p> An illustrated survey of 100 key events in Earth's dramatic history. </p> <p> A History of Earth in 100 Groundbreaking Discoveries is a fascinating account of the discoveries that reveal why Earth is the one planet in our solar system that can support life. It surveys 100 key events in the evolutionary history of our planet, from its origins and geological formation 4.5 billion years ago to the astonishing diversity of flora and fauna in the present day.</p> <p>More than 200 computer-generated images, photographs and illustrations highlight concise text that describes critical developments and junctures in Earth's evolution. The book covers:</p> The material world, including rocks, mud, desert, crystals, water, clouds, ice and gases Earth's engine -- the core and magnetic field, fault zones, mountains and volcanoes Earth's changing face, including marine rocks, iron formations, glacial deposits and coal deposits The earliest life forms, simple and complex plants, domesticated plants and animals, 3.2 billion-year-old spores, sexual reproduction and the first true land plant How life evolves, including rapid development in mammals, insects and plants and the emergence of humans Computer simulations of future tectonic plate positions and changing sea levels The scientists who developed theories of change from observations, exploration and tests. <p> A History of Earth in 100 Groundbreaking Discoveries is a journey back through the life of our planet, and it also explores what the future may hold. The book will be of interest to general readers as well as those interested in earth sciences, evolution and botany.</p>
$29.95 prolam 9-2012 (db)
A journey back through the evolutionary history of our planet, from the origins and formation of the earth.-- Source other than Library of Congress.
Introduction -- Birth of a planet -- Earth's oldest materials -- Geological dating -- The oldest rocks -- The early atmosphere -- The evolving hydrosphere -- Layered earth -- Probing earth's interior -- Tectonic earth -- The molten core -- "D double-prime" -- Exploring the mantle -- The base of the crust -- Oceanic crust -- Long-lived continents -- Earth's continental rocks -- Continental rifting -- Making mountains -- Tectonic uplift -- Glacial puzzles -- Earthquakes and plate tectonics -- What makes faults slip? -- A case study in volcanism -- Island arc volcanoes -- Hot spot volcanoes -- Earth's greatest eruptions -- First fossils? -- LUCA -- Controversial origins -- Rising oxygen levels -- From simple to complex life -- Rodinia -- Snowball earth -- The phosphorus effect -- Gondwana and Pangea -- Mysterious Ediacarans -- The first animals -- Secrets of the sponge genome -- The Doushantuo embryos -- Life in the Cambrian seas -- Soft bodies from the Ordovician -- Avalonia -- Ordovician boom and bust -- Living on the land -- Oxygen booms and growth spurts -- Four feet on the ground -- The fossils of East Kirkton -- Joggins fossil cliffs -- Coal forests and glaciation -- Early Permian life -- The great dying -- Triassic survivors -- Rise of the dinosaurs -- Late Triassic life -- Life in Triassic seas -- Mongolian mammals -- Africa's giant dinosaurs -- Australia's polar dinosaurs -- India's journey north -- Evolution of flowering plants -- Sauropod puzzles -- Linking birds and dinosaurs -- Dinosaur eggs and babies -- The end of the Mesozoic -- The Cenozoic recovery -- Primate beginnings -- PETM : the great warming -- The Great Rift Valley -- Changing climates of the past -- The Australopithecine clan -- The real "Great Flood" -- The Quaternary Ice Age -- Genus homo -- The first art -- Neanderthal mysteries -- Unexpected cousins -- The younger Dryas -- Megafloods -- The Holocene rebound -- Domestication of plants and animals -- Disappearing megafauna -- Biodiversity -- Extremophiles -- The census of marine life -- Human overkill -- The carbon dioxide record -- Climate change and mountain erosion -- Changing sea levels -- Habitats on the move -- Danger from the soil? -- Freshwater challenges -- Does coal have a future? -- Atmospheric pollution -- Ocean hypoxia -- Energy futures -- The Athabasca tar sands -- Threat from the skies -- Future sea levels -- Future tectonics -- The fate of the earth -- Glossary and timeline.