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Evolution of the Earth Paperback – July 15, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0072528084 ISBN-10: 0072528087 Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • 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: 0.8 x 8.6 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn A. Lucas on April 4, 2006
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What I like most about this book is its readability. The tone is very engaging and makes you want to read on. The illustrations (almost all in color) are plentiful and are an invaluable accompaniment to the text.

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.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dean Welch on September 9, 2007
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My only previous exposure to geology or geophysics came from books/classes about the solar system where the Earth is taken as just one example of a planet. This is the first book I've read dedicated to the subject and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "paleo99" on October 20, 2000
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Overall a good introduction to historical geology. Most subjects are presented in an appropriate manner, with colorful illustrations to supplement the concepts discussed. Only concerning the formation of dolomite rocks does this book fall short of maintaining a thourough examination of historical geology concepts.
The only disadvantage that this book has is its price, which is probably due to the amount of illustrations.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Samantha De La Torre on September 14, 2009
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This book is an easy read more for the visual learner. Has lots of images and great language, this is not for anyone under the age of thirteen and is a written well.
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