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Written In Stone 2nd Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1883789275
ISBN-10: 1883789273
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Compresses billions of years into a slim, lively narrative. -- Yankee Magazine

Hard to put down...truly an adventure. -- Bookpage (New England Edition)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dome Press; 2nd edition (February 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883789273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883789275
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 2, 2004
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I was assigned this book to read by Raymo himself for his Earth Science college course. After buying all my books for the semester, I was looking through the pile. As an English major, I found it strange to be so drawn to a science book. I ended up reading the whole book that night, before the class even started. The beauty of Raymo is that he writes science like poetry.
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By A Customer on December 5, 2003
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I bought this book to learn more about the geologic history of New England. I was really surprised at how well written and informative this book ended up being. The first chapter alone nicely explains the Continental Drift Theory and Plate Tectonics. Later chapters tackled more complicated concepts but again did a nice job of summarizing the major aspects of how New England has changed and developed over time. This is a handy reference guide for graduate students or a great supplemental text for a high school Earth Science Honors class. A must read for anyone interested in geology.
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First off, this book was probably intended for Tourists. The lay. The casual reader somewhat interested in the targeted area's mountain history. As such, its simply a big hit!

One reader said "boring in parts"? It's a small short book. I couldn't put it down. I suppose that reviewer might find Dr. Charles Merguerian more facinating. Look him up if you're aspiring for your PhD in the subject.

This book was a quick fantastic read, easy for those who know little about the subject and highly informative for it's brevity.

I vote this book most likely to make you pick up another book on Geological History!

What higher praise is there?
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Interested in geology? This is by far the best account I have found of the complicated geology of America's east coast. And there's the added bonus of being written by a father-daughter team of fine writers. Chet Raymo is primarily known as an astronomer -- he brings a deep-time philosophical perspective to the story of our past.
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I'm not a geologist. Yet the grandeur of the earth's history fascinates me. This book is very accessible to the lay person with little or no technical background in geology.

The only thing I would suggest is have a computer nearby while you're reading it. There are nice drawings, but no photographs in this book. I would have loved some colored photos, but in this day and age it's just as easy to do a little on-line research on the things mentioned in the book.

I would highly recommend this book for the arm-chair geologists out there!
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I chose this book to read as part of my Environmental Science reading assignment in high school. It was definitely educational for me to learn the geological history of what evolved in the Northeast over millions of years. I especially liked reading about how our mountains and landscapes were formed, the sea floor explorations and plate tectonics. Chet Raymo did a good job of making this an easy read without adding a lot of high-tech complicated terminology. The graphics and maps were a nice addition, and it would have been great to see more pictures througout the book. From the collide of continents to the Ice Age, along with the mass extinctions, birth of the oceans and creation of mountains and landscapes, this book wasn't easy to put down. It also makes you appreciate people like Chet Raymo with all his experience and knowledge and willingness to share the story of our geological time periods. After reading this book, it made me think about our world in a more serious way and just knowing how vulnerable we are and how much we can take our very existence for granted. Just knowing that geologically, everything continues to evolve and history countinues to create itself and how fascinating our planet really is. I think it was a fantastic read and recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn the basics of our geological history and how everything came about. After reading this book, it's great to have the basic knowledge and to know that I can now expand on that knowledge by reading all the more books. I think this would actually be a great book to add to any high school environmental science class as a required reading. I highly recommend Written In Stone to anyone from middle school on up. It's never too late to learn about our geological past and present.
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Written in Stone is a wonderful book for anyone who lives in the northeast U.S. and has wondered in amazement at the rocks revealed by roadside highway cuts. It is a sound and patient introduction to modern geology for the general reader and a amazing read with illustrations like the 1755 Massachusetts earthquake or a dissection of a waterfall that grab the readers imagination. It introduces concepts and critical vocabulary of geology in a very clear manner while leaving the reader with a sense of wonder about all that has happened to the very ground which they are now standing! The many excellent drawing and diagrams are a great help in explaining the concepts. I have not had any formal education in geology since 8th grade Earth Science, a long time ago. I have always been puzzled by the rocks and terrain of the northeast but this book answered many of my questions. It it has a great bibliography for those who would like to learn more about specific parts of the northeastern United States. I turned to Written in Stone after I had trouble reading the books about the geology of my local area. Written in Stone has given me a solid base that I can build on in my further reading.

A bit of background on myself, I am a Christian that has no problem with evolution or that the earth is 4.5 billion years old. It is tragic that this is even a issue for public debate or that so many of us seem to need to fit God into their preconceived notions.
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