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The Earth Hardcover – January 1, 1963


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: TIME INCORPORATED (1963)
  • ASIN: B000BK2JNU
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The 25 volume Life Nature series was a landmark in science and nature writing back in the early 60s. It was written at a time of heightened awareness of the importance of science education in the U.S. when the Russians beat us into space with Sputnik and also with Yuri Gagarin, the first man into space. Today with the Russians now emerging capitalists and the U.S. having won the Cold War, it's hard to imagine the anxiety and fear that those events inspired over here, along with the related concern that the Russians were also leading us in science and math education. And in fact, they were and oddly enough in some ways still do.

This amazing series came out of that climate. With beautiful photo essays and extremely well written text by top science and nature writers there was nothing like it for the young reader at the time. It was also a time when companies like Time and Life were still powerhouses in the publishing industry and had the resources to undertake large projects like this. This volume by Arthur Beiser, a geology professor who could write for a lay audience, was one of my favorites. Although written before plate tectonics became accepted, it's still a fine introduction to many aspects of geology, including structural geology and landforms, the internal structure of the earth, historical geology, basic rocks and minerals, marine geology, vulcanology, and other topics. Although intended for younger readers at the time, don't let that mislead you as it assumes a level of scientific literacy that no longer exists these days even among adults in the U.S. anymore, as another reviewer here already observed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fan of Time-Life Books on September 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Earth is one of twenty-five volumes in the Life Nature Library. Published by Time-Life books in the 1960s, this series portrays the many aspects of the natural world. Though obviously dated (it was written before the coining of the term plate tectonics), The Earth is still a good, basic introduction to geology. Topics covered include the Earth in space, internal structure of the Earth, the atmosphere, earthquakes, erosion, fossils, types of rocks, geologic history, and the future of the Earth. The book also describes theories which attempt to explain natural climate change. I did like this book, but at times I felt as if I was reading one of my geology textbooks from college. Nevertheless, The Earth is an ideal book for one who desires a basic introduction to the many facets of our fascinating planet.
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