The story of the Earth in 25 rocks : tales of important geological puzzles and the people who solved them

by Prothero, Donald R.,

Format: Print Book 2018
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Every rock is a tangible trace of the earth's past. The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks tells the fascinating stories behind the discoveries that shook the foundations of geology. In twenty-five chapters--each about a particular rock, outcrop, or geologic phenomenon--Donald R. Prothero recounts the scientific detective work that shaped our understanding of geology, from the unearthing of exemplary specimens to tectonic shifts in how we view the inner workings of our planet.

Prothero follows in the footsteps of the scientists who asked--and answered--geology's biggest questions: How do we know how old the earth is? What happened to the supercontinent Pangea? How did ocean rocks end up at the top of Mount Everest? What can we learn about our planet from meteorites and moon rocks? He answers these questions through expertly chosen case studies, such as Pliny the Younger's firsthand account of the eruption of Vesuvius; the granite outcrops that led a Scottish scientist to theorize that the landscapes he witnessed were far older than Noah's Flood; the salt and gypsum deposits under the Mediterranean Sea that indicate that it was once a desert; and how trying to date the age of meteorites revealed the dangers of lead poisoning. Each of these breakthroughs filled in a piece of the greater puzzle that is the earth, with scientific discoveries dovetailing with each other to offer an increasingly coherent image of the geologic past. Summarizing a wealth of information in an entertaining, approachable style, The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks is essential reading for the armchair geologist, the rock hound, and all who are curious about the earth beneath their feet.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "As he has done so well in the past, Prothero (The Story of Life in 25 Fossils), professor of geology at Cal Poly Pomona, uses the geological record to answer many important questions about planet Earth. In 25 short and enjoyable chapters, he explores issues that have been at the center of geology since long before geology was a science. For example, he discusses the age of the Earth, the nature of continental drift, the characteristics of early life, and the cause of the demise of the dinosaurs, among many other topics. Prothero provides thought-provoking historical context for each subject and presents information about the individuals responsible for advancing geological knowledge-including James Hutton, Charles Lyell, and Alfred Wegener-while explaining the underlying science in an accessible manner. Beyond the specifics of each chapter, Prothero makes three important points: basic geological information can play an essential role in environmentalism, pure research is critical to advancing human civilization, and scientific disagreement often plays a central role in shaping theories and interpreting data. In the tradition of the best popular science writing, Prothero elucidates the latest findings of scientists while demonstrating their broader implications and sharing the excitement of scientific endeavor. Illus. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Geology -- Popular works.
Earth sciences -- Popular works.
Earth (Planet) -- Popular works.
Publisher New York :2018
Language English
Description viii, 354 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780231182607
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