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The earth machine : the science of a dynamic planet / Edmond A. Mathez and James D. Webster.

Mathez, Edmond A. (Author). Webster, James D. (Added Author).

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  • ISBN: 9780231500876 (electronic bk.)
  • ISBN: 0231500874 (electronic bk.)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 335 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
  • Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2004.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: pt. 1. How was Earth evolved? -- pt. 2. Why are there ocean basins, continents, and mountains? -- pt. 3. What causes Earth's climate and climate change? -- pt. 4. Why is Earth habitable.
Subject: Astronomical geography.
Earth (Planet)
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / General.
SCIENCE / Physics / Geophysics.
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Seismology & Volcanism.
Genre: Electronic books.

  • Baker & Taylor
    An illustrated introduction to the dynamic workings of the Earth furnishes a guided tour of the planet's more than four-billion-year history, revealing how Earth evolved from space dust into a life-sustaining world of oceans, weather, thermal energy, and mobile land masses.
  • Perseus Publishing

    From the scorching center of Earth's core to the outer limits of its atmosphere, from the gradual process of erosion that carved the Grand Canyon to the earth-shaking fury of volcanoes and earthquakes, this fascinating book-inspired by the award-winning Hall of Planet Earth at New York City's American Museum of Natural History-tells the story of the evolution of our planet and of the science that makes it work. With the same exuberance and expertise they brought to the creation of the Hall of Planet Earth, Edmond A. Mathez and James D. Webster explore the major factors in our planet's evolution: how Earth emerged from the swirling dusts of a nascent solar system; how an oxygen-rich, life-sustaining atmosphere developed; how continents, mountain ranges, and oceans formed; and how earthquakes and volcanic eruptions alter Earth's surface. By incorporating stories of real-life fieldwork, Mathez and Webster explain how Earth is capable of supporting life, how even the smallest rocks can hold the key to explaining the formation of mountains, and how scientists have learned to read nature's subtle clues and interpret Earth's ever-evolving narrative.

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