The Little Book of Planet Earth

The Little Book of Planet Earth

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Baker & Taylor
Presents a chronological description of Earth's evolution, including the development of geological and cosmological theories, the Big Bang, the formation of the Earth and the Moon, geological structure, and biological evolution.

Book News
Meteorologist and geophysicist Meissner presents a chronological description of Earth's evolution in one small, accessible book. He begins with an overview of how geological (and cosmological) theories and disciplines have evolved, then offers fluid and engaging descriptions of the Big Bang, the formation of the Earth and Moon, Earth's geological structure and behavior, tools of geology as well as new discoveries and concepts, and biological evolution. The final chapter briefly discusses nuclear energy and alternative energy sources. Very nicely translated from the original German. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Springer Publishing
The book presents to the lay reader a concise description of the geological structure of the Earth, from its earliest formation to the present and into the future. Like previous titles of the Copernicus Little Book series, the book gets right to the heart of the matter: starting from the Earth's position in the Universe, the author explains the formation of the continents, continental drift, and the origin of life on Earth. In addition, he gives an insight into the main tools of modern geology and geophysics.
Acknowledgments chapter 1 The Roots of Earth Sciences 1 Classical Scientific Thought 1 The Copernican Revolution 2 From Physics and Philosophy to Geology 4 The Age of the Earth 6 chapter 2 The Earth in the Context of Our Solar System 9 The Origins of the Solar System The Elements of the Solar System The Planets Circling the Sun chapter 3 The Formation of Earth and Moon 21 Similarities and Differences 21 Exploring the Moon chapter 4 The Interior of the Earth and the Role of Seismology Seismic Waves 28 The Earth’s Interior 36 chapter 5 Rotation and Shape, Gravity and Tides 41 Describing the Earth’s Shape Tides 44 Rotation 44 43 27 23 15 12 10 xiii xi chapter 6 The Earth’s Magnetic Field 47 Establishing a Physical Concept Reversals of the Magnetic Field 51 Paleomagnetism chapter 7 Atom—Mineral—Rock 59 Crystallization 60 Minerals in Crust and Mantle 60 Rocks chapter 8 The Early Ages 71 The Archean 71 The Proterozoic 77 chapter 9 Radioactive Dating The Chemistry of Unstable Elements Determining the Age Applications of Radioactive Dating Techniques Carbon Dating 90 chapter10 Plate Tectonics Twentieth-Century Research Gathering Evidence 95 Drifting Plates 3 Pangea and Beyond 4 chapter11 The Crust of the Earth 7 The Moho 7 The Crust Hydrocarbons 4 Coal 9 Other Subsurface-based Resources 9 12 12 12 108 10 10 10 10 94 93 89 83 81 81 63 52 48 chapter12 Formation of Mountains and Basins Collisions Orogeny Sediment Basins

Publisher: New York : Copernicus, c2002
ISBN: 9780387952581
Characteristics: xiii, 202 p. : ill., maps ; 19 cm


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