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5.0 out of 5 stars The Grandest Quadrille
"Did the Earth move for you?", asks the voice beside you. Well, yes. Because that's what it does. All the time. The continent you live on used to be someplace else, and far away from where it is now. Your home ground has even been part of a greater landmass known as a "supercontinent" - and will be again. Hence, the title of this book. Ted Nield provides us with a fine...
Published on 31 Mar 2008 by Stephen A. Haines

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1.0 out of 5 stars no trivial tale left behind
The subject area would be fascinating. After many pages, however, one still does not get to it in any coherent way; the author has managed to bury the science under layers and layers of useless knowledge. This is the kind of frustration a geologist must feel in the field. Do we need to experience it first hand?

Entertaining? I'd rather say: patronizing. The...
Published on 14 April 2009 by Agnostic500


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stuff, 22 Jan 2013
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This is a real page turner even though one might expect the subject matter to be dry as dust (or rocks). The book works as an adventure story. It works as a group of potted biographies of men who, sometimes, were seen to be potty themselves but who were later shown to be very, very right. there are snippets of 'did you know this...' like the fact that Ripon was once in the middle of a vast, continent wide desert somewhere south of the Equator. Wow.
I knew a little of what would be described but my knowledge and my interest have been greatly enlarged and I enjoyed every minute of it happening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, entertaining and accessible., 18 Jan 2013
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This book sums up what we now know and what we used to think we knew about the origins of the continents, the oceans and life itself. It is a huge perspective, and some bits need to be read over a couple of times by a layman like me, but it is enormously informative as well as being a very enjoyable read, and it really helps to put our planet, and ourselves, in perspective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The whole thing in one book., 29 Mar 2011
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Ted Nield has a great sort of one to one approach to writing making his books a very interesting read.
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