Tales of the Earth

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

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In Tales of the Earth the authors describe some of the great events of environmental history, from natural catastrophes such as the Tambora eruption, the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 (which is the greatest in recorded history), and the ice ages, to disasters such as the nuclear fallout from Chernobyl, acid rain, and the progressive depletion of the ozone layer. Much of the narrative is presented through eye-witness accounts or through the commentary of prominent figures. The authors also provide fascinating discussions of meteorites and comets; the demise of mammoths, mastodons, and dinosarus; and of the earth's great floods throughtout the centuries. Tales of the Earth goes on to describe how human activity has also made trouble for nature, for example in the depletion of natural resources and in all kinds of manmade pollution. The global impact of such phenomena as the disappearing ozone layer, acid rain, and the population boom are explored in detail. This book will interest anyone concerned with the environment and the natural world that surrounds us.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 155.2 x 234.4 x 17.5mm | 378.21g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • halftones, line drawings, tables, bibliography
  • 0195090489
  • 9780195090482
  • 1,984,377

About Charles B. Officer

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.show more

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 earth'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 came man and man has effected vast environmental changes 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.show more

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..Officer and Page prance from topic to topic across the aeons, providing an irresistable combination of history, speculation, humour, and "hard science explanation" Washington Post Book Worldshow more

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