A History of Earth in 100 Groundbreaking Discoveries

A History of Earth in 100 Groundbreaking Discoveries by Douglas Palmer

QE 501 .P265 2011

“Our planet is a complex and dynamic world.  It’s a rich and fascinating subject for scientific research that is constantly changing and challenging our preconceived ideas.  Where can we find the world’s oldest rocks and minerals?  What drives Earth’s largest volcanic eruptions?  And how can we trace the link between the evolution of life and the changing global environment?

A History of Earth in 100 Groundbreaking Discoveries is a compelling introduction to the modern science of our world.  Intriguing, exciting and accessible, this stunningly illustrated book profiles 100 of the most important ideas and events in our planet’s 4.5-billion-year history through the very latest scientific studies, geological research and paleontological discoveries.

From early theories about the age of the Earth to the latest discoveries about the evolution of our plant and its future development, each of these key ideas is explained through clear, authoritative text accompanied by beautiful images.  And this is not just the story of Earth, but also of its abundant life – from the single-celled organisms of Precambrian seas to the giant dinosaurs, and from the first appearance of complex life to the ancient cave art and genetic discoveries that are shaking long-held beliefs about the development of our own species.

From tectonic uplift to the atmosphere and from oceans to organisms, this book offers a concise and thought-provoking look at the cutting-edge science that is transforming the way we understand our world.” – publisher description