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About Trileigh Tucker
I'm a geologist, professor, naturalist, and birder. Originally from New York and Virginia, I studied philosophy and geology at William and Mary and earned a doctorate in geology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I've long been interested in ecophilosophy, ecopsychology, and natural history. After a career teaching college-level Environmental Studies, I'm now devoting myself full time to writing, photography, and art.
My favorite moments are one-on-one interactions with wild animals, especially birds—although being one-on-two-hundred-thousand penguins comes a close second. In addition to writing, I work with photography to portray the unique essence of an animal or place; my photographs have won international recognition.
I'm the coauthor of Earth Science and Human History 101 and the author of several published essays and many academic papers. I am now working on a book about birds and environmental change. Please visit my website at trileightucker.com.
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How much has human history been influenced by the earth and its processes? This volume in the Science 101 series describes how both slow changes and rapid, violent, ones have impacted the development of civilizations throughout history. Slow changes include variations in climate, progressive development of types of tools and sources of energy, and changes in the types of food that people consume. Violent changes include volcanic eruptions such as the one at Toba 75,000 years ago, which may have caused diversification of people into different races, and the eruption of Santorini in 1640 BC, which may have destroyed Minoan civilization. Other disasters are Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004.
Earth Science and Human History 101 describes basic principles of geology and shows how the earth affected history and is affecting present events.
The volume has four sections:
Processes in the atmosphere, oceans, and rivers
The conflict between the evidence for evolution during the long history of the earth and the beliefs of creationists
Resources and the environment
The volume includes a glossary, numerous illustrations, and a bibliography of works useful for further research.