A History of Earth in 100 Groundbreaking Discoveries

A History of Earth in Groundbreaking Discoveries An illustrated survey of key events in Earth s dramatic history A History of Earth in Groundbreaking Discoveries is a fascinating account of the discoveries that reveal why Earth is the one pl

  • Title: A History of Earth in 100 Groundbreaking Discoveries
  • Author: Douglas Palmer
  • ISBN: 9781554078073
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Paperback
  • An illustrated survey of 100 key events in Earth s dramatic history 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 billionAn illustrated survey of 100 key events in Earth s dramatic history.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.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 The material world, including rocks, mud, desert, crystals, water, clouds, ice and gasesEarth s engine the core and magnetic field, fault zones, mountains and volcanoesEarth s changing face, including marine rocks, iron formations, glacial deposits and coal depositsThe earliest life forms, simple and complex plants, domesticated plants and animals, 3.2 billion year old spores, sexual reproduction and the first true land plantHow life evolves, including rapid development in mammals, insects and plants and the emergence of humansComputer simulations of future tectonic plate positions and changing sea levelsThe scientists who developed theories of change from observations, exploration and tests 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.

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    1. I was inspired to read this book by the games produced by Phil Eklund, Bios Genesis and Bios Megafauna. This was just the kind of survey I needed to skim through Earth's past. It certainly gives the feeling that mankind is an insignificant player in a grand cosmic play, despite our ability to endanger our own species existance through the burning of fossil fuels and global warming.

    2. Nice, but it could have been better. The format of the book is to announce a topic, show a one-page relevant photograph, give a few sentences about its meaning and key discovery, then go into greater detail in a 3-page description with a few illustrations. It stuck to this format religiously, but some of the topics really needed more explanation. Also, the illustrations were insufficient. In a book that went into geography, geology, and biology to a great extent, I was often mentally crying out [...]

    3. It's a nice overview of the entirety of earth's history, including speculation of its eventual demise. The 100 chapters are arranged chronologically, but are self-contained, allowing the reader to jump around to topics of greatest interest. The book is generously illustrated, but could use more maps.

    4. Excellent reference book if you want to learn more about the Earth. Also scared the heck out of me. Everyone I know will be dead in a billion years but reading about the death of the Sun and my planet still makes me nervous. Nice quick read!

    5. An amazing overview of the creation of earth and how it and humans evolved. Indicates both the special blessing we have and how insignificant each of us are in the big scheme of things. Very grounding!

    6. This book is an amazing reteeling of the Earth's history from its earliest days to today and was an interesting read. I definetly learned many new things!

    7. Really enjoyed the book. Its great for filling you in on all the most recent developments and discoveries.

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