From Publishers Weekly
In this companion to an eight-part BBC series to be broadcast on The Learning Channel beginning in September, geologist Lamb and filmmaker/author Sington (Paradise Dreamed) share their passion for our planet and the diverse life it supports. With clear prose, vivid images and enlightening illustrations, their book lays out the current scientific understanding of Earth's history, most of it deduced from the chemical and physical characteristics of its rocks. The authors show how the planet's layers of crust, mantle, outer core and inner core are fluid and ever-changing. Also described is the process by which new seafloor oozes upward through cracks in mid-ocean ridges, where superheated, percolating water emerges full of mineral riches. The continents move inexorably, driven by internal convection currents, colliding and rifting apart, forming new patterns and terrain, inducing dramatic changes in climate. In the end, this deftly organized book brings readers to the authors' view of our world as an interacting system of atmosphere, water, tectonic plates in motion and living organisms. Lamb and Sington explain how each component is essential to the global balance that has enabled Earth to remain a living planet for at least 3.8 billion of its 4.55 billion years. Not just a coffee-table book, this compelling and accessible account merits sustained attention.
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Winner of the 1999 Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism, American Geophysical UnionOne of Choices Outstanding Academic Titles for 1999
"With clear prose, vivid images, and enlightening illustrations . . . [Lamb and Sington] lay out the current scientific understanding of Earths history. . . . This compelling and accessible account merits sustained attention."--Publishers Weekly
"A visual feast through which our planet speaks to us, a true bridge between Science and Art. . . . Lamb and Singleton have produced an exciting book that is very useful for the layperson interested in Earth sciences. It will also be treasured as a celebration of the beauties of the science by those already familiar with the various issues."--K. Bernhard Sporli, Meteorite