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A Short History of Planet Earth By J.D. MacDougall

A Short History of Planet Earth

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This survey of the four and half billion years of Earth's history charts both the geological and biological history of the planet. It moves from the origin of the earth's iron core to the formation of today's seven continents, and from the primordial building blocks of life to the evolution of the human form.

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A Short History of Planet Earth: Mountains, Mammals, Fire and Ice by J.D. MacDougall

"A splendid introduction to geology and paleontology for the lay reader. To compress Earth's history into a single, lucidly written volume is a major achievement."-Publishers Weekly, starred review. "Few people have both the knowledge and the writing ability to capture such a long and varied history in a compelling manner. In A Short History of Planet Earth, J.D. Macdougal demonstrates that he is one of the few."-Earth. This exhilarating survey of the four and half billion years of Earth's history charts both the geological and biological history of the planet. It moves from the origin of the earth's iron core to the formation of today's seven continents, and from the primordial building blocks of life to the evolution of the human form. J.D. MACDOUGALL (San Diego, California) is a professor of earth science at the Scripps Oceanographic Institute of the University of California, San Diego, the premier center for earth science research in the U.S. His work has appeared in Scientific American and the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.

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About J.D. MacDougall


J. D. MACDOUGALL is Director of the Program in Earth Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of over one hundred articles in leading professional journals, including Scientific American, and has contributed to the McGraw--Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.

Table of Contents


Reading the Rocks. Early Days. Wonderful Life. The Proterozoic Eon. Dance of the Plates. Nature's Timepieces. The Cambrian Explosion. Fish, Forest, and Gondwanaland: The Paleozoic Era. From Pangea to (Almost) the Modern World: The Mesozoic Era. Global Catastrophes. Mammals, Mountains, and Ice: The Cenozoic Era. The Great Ice Age. What Comes Next?: Geology and Man. Glossary. Further Reading. Index.

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A Short History of Planet Earth: Mountains, Mammals, Fire and Ice by J.D. MacDougall
J.D. MacDougall
Wiley Popular Science
Used - Very Good
Paperback
John Wiley and Sons Ltd
1998-04-22
272
0471197033
9780471197034
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