Tales of the Earth

Tales of the Earth : Paroxysms and Perturbations of the Blue Planet

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Global change, a term unheard of only a few years ago, is now a standard phrase. One of the best ways to understand global changes, and to keep alive concern for the environment, is to look at significant examples in the past where nature has affected humans, and in turn, where humans have affected nature. In this monograph, Charles Officer and Jack Page describe some of the great events of environmental history, blending accounts by interested observers with clear explanations of the science involved. The "tales" range from descriptions of earthquakes and catastrophic volcanic eruptions - proving that the Earth is still hot and moving - to accounts of floods and Ice Ages, meteors and comets, extinctions and plagues, smogs and the present-day depletion of the ozone layer. Proving that climate change is nothing new, and providing instances as diverse as the plague described in Boccaccio's "Decameron" to the Chernobyl disaster, this book should interest anyone concerned with the environment or the natural world.
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  • Hardback | 239 pages
  • 165.1 x 238.76 x 22.86mm | 1,133.98g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • line figures
  • 0195077857
  • 9780195077858

About Charles B. Officer

About the Authors: Charles Officer is Research Professor in the Earth Sciences Department and Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Jake Page writes a column for Destination Discovery called "Jake's Page." He has written for Smithsonian, National Geographic, Reader's Digest, and many other magazines.
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Table of contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Part One: Nature's effect on man; the earth is still hot and mobile; And from time to time its surface moves around; There have been frequent flooding and sea-level change events on earth; And occasional visitors from outer space; Part Two: Changes in climate and life on earth: The eartg's climate changes on a variety of time scales; And on rare occasions there are changes in its community of living things; Part Three: Man's effect on nature; Then along cam man and man has effected vast environmental chantes on a local and regional scale; With the potential for equally great changes on a global scale; The most fundamental question facing mankind today is whether man can evolve to live in harmony with nature; References; Index.
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