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Fanfare for Earth: The Origin of Our Planet and Life Hardcover – January, 1997

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McSween, head of the geological sciences department at the University of Tennessee, and a graceful writer, as his Stardust to Planets (1993) demonstrated, surveys tales of Earth's origins from ancient to modern times, discusses nebular accretion, differentiation of Earth's interior, external objects' impact, and the evolution of continents, oceans, and the atmosphere, and examines the roots of life and the history of evolutionary theories. A profound sense of wonder is an appropriate response, he insists, to learning more about "a seemingly ordinary, but actually quite unusual place--the third planet outward from the Sun, a once-pummeled and still-smoldering ball of stone and metal, a sphere whose distilled rocky crust wanders restlessly over its surface, a shimmering blue world awash in water and teeming with carbon-based life." Should appeal to readers drawn to accessible science. Mary Carroll

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (January 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312146019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312146016
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,132,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 1997
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We are all made of stardust, but the story of how supernova debris became planets and people is neither simple nor fully understood. Harry McSween, a geologist by trade, begins his story with the accretion and evolution of the earth and follows it to the relatively recent development of its thin skin of living creatures. His narrative traces both planetary history and the history of the sciences that have enabled us to understand where we came from
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