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Understanding Earth 5th Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0716766827
ISBN-10: 0716766825
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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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 was looking for a comprehensive book on Geology that wasn't so technical I would have to go back to school to get through it. This book works admirably. It's technical, but not to the point of being obscure. For an in depth view of the Earth Sciences it is very good!
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I ordered this for a class that I am taking online. I was looking for a used book and found one. The owner described the condition and it was true as he had stated. This book really helped with the test and I found it quite interesting.
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As someone with very little background in science, this book is very concise and well written. After reading once, I feel like I have a much better "understanding" of the basic workings and history of the Earth. Highly recommended
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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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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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