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Understanding Earth Paperback – February 24, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0716766827 ISBN-10: 0716766825 Edition: 5th
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JOHN GROTZINGER researches the chemical development of the early oceans and atmosphere and the environmental context of early animal evolution at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. THOMAS H. JORDAN is based at the University of Southern California where his specialist topics include the nature of plate-tectonic flow and the question of mantle stratification. FRANK PRESS has made pioneering contributions to the fields of Geophysics, Oceanography, lunar and planetary sciences and natural resource exploration. He has been named most influential scientist in the U --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman; 5th edition (February 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716766825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716766827
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By George Leigh on October 5, 2007
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This is an amazing and wonderful book that will surely attract many new students who would otherwise not choose to study geology. It is full of colour pictures and photographs, written in an extremely entertaining style, and is also full of high-quality science put in perspectives that I have not seen in any other text. The authors truly have everything at their fingertips. The book comprehensively covers the full breadth of what the reader might infer from the title "Understanding Earth", including (in addition to geology) weather and climate, the evolution of life (concentrating mainly on microbes), biogeology, human impact on the earth, and study of the other terrestrial planets (Mercury, Venus and Mars). The information presented is up to date and, astonishingly given its publication date, includes detailed coverage of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans, and results of the latest space probes to other planets.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Seow It Sze on November 12, 2009
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I have some background in biological science and I have always wanted to find a way to get up to speed on geology because so much of evolutionary biology has reference to geology. I have gone through one textbook and numbers of Internet readings on geology. I can say that I learnt a great deal from these. Yet when I started to read this book 'Understanding Earth' a whole new understanding opens up before me. I like this book for its simple and comprehensive explanations and its coloured cross sectional representations which seem to transport me to be right there on the spot! I am halfway through the book and I have a great feeling that when I finish I will have then acquired a whole new discipline, not perhaps to the level of a graduate student but sufficient for me to base my biology on it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julia G. Fields on October 19, 2009
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This is by far the best geology textbook I've ever read. I mean honestly, you can't get much better than something that accurately informs me all about the rock cycle, plate tectonics, and the Earth's molten core. I am very pleased with the book and hope to do further business with the seller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ned Webley on May 21, 2011
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I ordered this book because it was selected as the text for MIT's free online self-study course "Introduction to Geology." I am very satisfied with the book after reading the first 3 chapters. There is now a new edition available that will probably makes a good thing even better.
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I purchased this book, Understanding Earth, for my Geology, Earth Systems class. The book has nice glossy pages and colorful pictures! 5th edition is just as good as 6th edition according to my professor, has the same number of pages, and is a lot cheaper. I was very happy to be able to purchase such an excellent used copy of this for such a very low price and receive it in the mail so fast. This was a perfect transaction! I buy almost all my college books from Amazon and am very satisfied! Thank you! Understanding Earth
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I have to buy two books for this course--the same book for me and one for my brainchild, my son, who is helping me with this course. It helped a lot to be able to buy a used book for myself. I have not received it yet, but I appreciate having access to the order. Diane McDaniel
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Book was described as "Used-very good". Such descriptions are of course subjective, but the book cover has a 2" crease on the lower left corner and the first 15 pages are irreparable curled on the same corner. That is not "very good", in my opinion.
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By Jenny on January 29, 2013
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Took a little bit too long to arrive, about 13 business days. My main complaint is that the book was badly packaged. It was wrapped in a black plastic bag like material that was torn when it arrived and damaged the spine and edges of the book.
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