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A Brief History of Earth

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How well do you know the ground beneath your feet? A primer for every Earth resident, by Harvard's acclaimed geologist.

"A sublime chronicle of our planet." –Booklist, STARRED review

Odds are, where you're standing was once cooking under a roiling sea of lava, crushed by a towering sheet of ice, rocked by a nearby meteor strike, or perhaps choked by poison gases, drowned beneath ocean, perched atop a mountain range, or roamed by fearsome monsters. Probably most or even all of the above.

The story of our home planet and the organisms spread across its surface is far more spectacular than any Hollywood blockbuster, filled with enough plot twists to rival a bestselling thriller. But only recently have we begun to piece together the whole mystery into a coherent narrative. Drawing on his decades of field research and up-to-the-minute understanding of the latest science, renowned geologist Andrew H. Knoll delivers a rigorous yet accessible biography of Earth, charting our home planet's epic 4.6 billion-year story. Placing twenty first-century climate change in deep context, A Brief History of Earth is an indispensable look at where we've been and where we're going.

Features original illustrations depicting Earth history and nearly 50 figures (maps, tables, photographs, graphs).


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Publisher: Custom House

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  • Release date: April 27, 2021

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  • ISBN: 9780062853936
  • Release date: April 27, 2021

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  • ISBN: 9780062853936
  • File size: 69414 KB
  • Release date: April 27, 2021

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How well do you know the ground beneath your feet? A primer for every Earth resident, by Harvard's acclaimed geologist.

"A sublime chronicle of our planet." –Booklist, STARRED review

Odds are, where you're standing was once cooking under a roiling sea of lava, crushed by a towering sheet of ice, rocked by a nearby meteor strike, or perhaps choked by poison gases, drowned beneath ocean, perched atop a mountain range, or roamed by fearsome monsters. Probably most or even all of the above.

The story of our home planet and the organisms spread across its surface is far more spectacular than any Hollywood blockbuster, filled with enough plot twists to rival a bestselling thriller. But only recently have we begun to piece together the whole mystery into a coherent narrative. Drawing on his decades of field research and up-to-the-minute understanding of the latest science, renowned geologist Andrew H. Knoll delivers a rigorous yet accessible biography of Earth, charting our home planet's epic 4.6 billion-year story. Placing twenty first-century climate change in deep context, A Brief History of Earth is an indispensable look at where we've been and where we're going.

Features original illustrations depicting Earth history and nearly 50 figures (maps, tables, photographs, graphs).


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