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Selected Books

Albin, Edward F.
Earth Science Made Simple
QE28.A38 2004
From minerals to meteorites, this book covers every aspect of the science of our world. It breaks this complex discipline into four major sections: geology, oceanography, meteorology, and planetary science, and it gives an overview of the processes of each.
 
Bjornerud, Marcia
Reading the Rocks: the Autobiography of the Earth
QE31.B524 2005
Bjornerud presents a descriptive narrative of the Earth's history through its geological formations, techniques for reading and dating rocks, their diverse types and scale, the Earth's systems and origins, elements and metals, the relationship of geology to organisms, waste, and conservation.
 
Earth: Inside and Out
QE26.2.E274 2001
Edmond A. Mathez, editor.
Earth: Inside and Out is an exploration of how our planet works, the research into the diverse environments that support life on Earth, and the possibility of life beyond it, with essays by experts, profiles of historically significant scientists, and case studies about present-day researchers.
 
Flannery, Tim F.
The Eternal Frontier: An Ecological History of North America and Its Peoples
QH102.F63 2001
Scientist and historian Tim Flannery tells the story of the geological and biological evolution of the North American continent, from the time of the asteroid strike that ended the age of dinosaurs 65 million years ago to the present day. Flannery describes the development of North America's deciduous forests and other flora, and tracks the immigration and emigration of various animals to and from Europe, Asia, and South America, showing how plant and animal species have either adapted or become extinct. Read a review from the New York Times.
 
Flannery, Tim F.
Here on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet
QH45.2.F54 2010x
Read a review at the New York Times: Who Made This Mess of Planet Earth?.
 
Hazen, Robert M.
The Story of Earth: The First 4. 5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet
QE501.H325 2012
In this new approach to Earth's biography, senior Carnegie Institution researcher and professor of earth science at George Mason University, Robert M. Hazen reveals how the co-evolution of the geosphere and biosphere -- of rocks and living matter -- has shaped our planet into the only one of its kind in the Solar System, if not the entire cosmos.
 
Lovelock, James
Gaia: The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine
QH343.4.L69 2000
James Lovelock is a scientist and inventor whose work on detecting CFC's (chlorofluorocarbons) in the environment led him to develop a new theory about our planet. The Gaia Hypothesis posits that the Earth is alive -- a self regulating organism in its own right. View his other books on Gaia.
 
Turney, Chris
Bones, Rocks and Stars: The Science of When Things Happened
QE31.T798 2006
Journalist and geologist Chris Turney explains to the non-specialist exactly how archaeologists, paleontologists, and geologists "tell the time."
 
Van Rose, Susanna
Earth
qj QE29.V35 2005
This DK eyewitness book for children explores the secrets of the Earth, answering questions about the what lies beneath the Earth's crust, why sea water is salty, what the ocean floor looks like, why Africa is splitting apart, and other topics.
 

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Last updated October 04, 2012