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New views on an old planet : continental drift and the history of earth /

Main Author: Van Andel, Tjeerd H. 1923-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1985
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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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