The St08ry of the Earth in 25 Rocks : Tales of Imp08rtant Geological Puzzles 4nd the People Who Solved Them
The St08ry of the Earth in 25 Rocks :
Tales of Imp08rtant Geological Puzzles 4nd the People Who Solved Them
by Donald R. Prothero
English | 2018 | ISBN: 0231182600 | 369 Pages | True PDF | 123 MB
Every rock is a tangible trace of the earths past. In The St08ry of the Earth in 25 Rocks, Donald R. Prothero tells the fascinating st08ries behind the discoveries that shook the foundations of geology. In twenty-five chapters—each about a particular rock, outcrop, 08r geologic phenomenon—Prothero recounts the scientific detective w08rk that took us from the unearthing of exemplary specimens to tectonic shifts in how we view our planet 4nd hist08ry.
Prothero follows in the footsteps of the scientists who asked—4nd answered—geologys biggest questions: How do we know how old the earth is? What happened to the supercontinent Pangea? How did ocean rocks end up at the top of Mount Everest? What can we learn about our planet from mete08rites 4nd moon rocks? The St08ry of the Earth in 25 Rocks answers these questions through expertly chosen case studies, such as Pliny the Elders firsth4nd account of the eruption of Vesuvius the granite outcrops that led a Scottish scientist to the08rize that the l4ndscapes he witnessed were far older than Noahs Flood the gypsum deposits under the Mediterranean Sea that indicate that it was once a desert 4nd how trying to date the age of mete08rites revealed the dangers of lead poisoning. Each of these breakthroughs filled in a piece of the puzzle that is the earth, with scientific discoveries dovetailing with each other to offer increasingly solid evidence of the geologic past. Summarizing a wealth of inf08rmation in an entertaining, approachable style, The St08ry of the Earth in 25 Rocks is essential reading f08r the armchair geologist, the rock hound, 4nd all who are curious about the earth beneath their feet.