- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 7 edition (July 15, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0072528087
- ISBN-13: 978-0072528084
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Evolution of the Earth 7th Edition
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I would agree with other reviewers that the biggest drawback to this book is its price. The price is way too high, in my opinion, particularly for a paperback book. For that kind of money, I want something sturdier, that will stand up to years of use. This is the only reason I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5.
At a high level its coverage includes, the origin of the Earth, geologic time scales, the Earth's interior, the origin of the Earth's magnetic field, volcanoes, plate tectonics, how the continents have varied with time, the interaction of the oceans with land masses and past climate fluctuations.
This book actually covers a lot more material than I expected, including paleobiology and ecology (which I enjoyed reading, but sometimes found it a little too political). There is actually quite a lot of material on paleobiology. It does overlap a fair amount with one of the authors other books, 'Bringing fossils to life', but it wasn't excessive and was well done. There is an appendix with some very nice high-level cladograms.
Although this book doesn't require any particular background, it covers a lot of material and requires some effort to learn it. The authors put in some effort to actually teach the subject and the book illustrates some very interesting science. It also provides some nice illustrations of how science is done.
One nice thing about this book is that it has a lot of color photographs and drawings. That's somewhat unusual among the (non-astronomy) science books I've seen at this level. I found it made the appearance much nicer.
Overall, I liked it a lot and learned a lot from it.
The only disadvantage that this book has is its price, which is probably due to the amount of illustrations.
One major change in the content of the book would no doubt be in regard to the theory of orogenesis, or mountain-building. The first book placed great emphasis on the geosynclinal theory and orthostatic rebound mechanisms. This one is sure to emphasize plate tectonics as the geosynclinal theory seems to have waned in popularity.
The original version of this text was one of the best science texts I ever used in college. If this later edition is half as good it will still be better than 90% of the others.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book came with under;lining which was not mentioned on the description. I would not have purchased this if it was properly described.Published 21 months ago by D. Williams
The book is in perfect condition just as described. New book at used price. What a deal! Highly recommend.Published on August 26, 2009 by Cindy Colichia