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Earth Time: Exploring the Deep Past from Victorian England to the Grand Canyon Paperback – 22 Apr 2005

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  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (22 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470022213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470022214
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.6 x 19 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,659,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The dramatic history of planet Earth and the rocky road to understanding the past A probing account of the history of the earth and an introduction to the many eccentric characters that have attempted to understand its origins. Full of fascinating anecdotes about 19th century explorers and natural philosophers who first carved up Earth's history just as others were carving up the globe. Unravels the fascinating history of rock strata and the implications they have had on accepted theories on the Earth's life. Considers the future of the earth, and what a repeat of some of the catastrophic events of the earth's past, such as major earthquakes and asteroid collisions, could mean for life today.

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The story of the Earth is one that has developed far beyond the traditional Biblical view of events, to the realm of high science and complex analysis. But still questions remain about the age and structure of the earth.

Expert geologist Douglas Palmer examines the extraordinary story of mankindâ??s quest to uncover the history of the Earth and introduces us to the host of eccentric characters that have paved the way to our current understanding. The Earthâ??s rocks have divulged startling information about a 4.54 billion year history filled with earthquakes, floods, asteroid collisions and stark climate changes, but the route to enlightenment has been far from straightforward and many questions remain unanswered.

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