Review by Choice Review
Working from the familiar present back to the origins of the earth some four billion years ago, van Andel turns the hands of the geologic clock backward-a format somewhat unusual for a historical text. The difficult task of bringing together all the variables that go into developing a clear picture of the earth's history is well done. The reader gets a good grasp of the concept of geologic time and historical geology. No prior knowledge of geology is needed to read and understand this book, thus making accessible to many nonscientists a vast amount of digestable information on a complex subject. Technical terminology is held to a minimum and no mathematics is used. The illustrations are clear, relate well to the text, and are easy to understand. Each major division of the book ends with a list of suggested readings, some of which are annotated. There is a glossary and an adequate index. The print is clear and enjoyable to read. Continuity is easy to follow-a critical factor in a topic such as this. Recommended for all readers from secondary school through lower-division undergraduate students.-B.D. Dod, Mercer University
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