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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (28 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052172953X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521729536
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'This innovative Earth science textbook provides a thoroughly new way to look at the history of Earth and life. The pedagogic aspects are particularly well thought through and current research case studies, engaging questions, and practical examples will be beneficial to both students and instructors.' Mike Benton, University of Bristol

'… this textbook will be suitable for geoscience educators as well as for students as a stimulating reading or an invitation to more profound thinking. … Nature amateurs and professional geoscientists may find this book a good source of information on selected subjects like the carbon cycle or the influences of the mountain growth on climate.' Paläontologie Allgemeine

'… well illustrated … very accessible …' The Geographical Journal

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This concise undergraduate textbook explores the Earth system at and above the surface of the Earth, for a one-semester course. It combines Earth and biological sciences to explore the co-evolution of the Earth and life over geological time, and incorporates a wealth of pedagogical features.

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The OU text books are of the highest standard. This book is part of one of their courses and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in gaining knowledge of how the Earth works in general. The text is written in a very straight forward manner that is easy to read and easy to understand. The authors have written it in such a way that some very complex issues are explained in as simple a way as possible. Each chapter builds on the last one until in the end you can fully understand a whole range of complex interlinked systems of life and Earth.
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