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The earth machine : the science of a dynamic planet, Edmond A. Mathez and James D. Webster

Label
The earth machine : the science of a dynamic planet
Title
The earth machine
Title remainder
the science of a dynamic planet
Statement of responsibility
Edmond A. Mathez and James D. Webster
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Based around the exhibits presented at the American Museum of Natural History's Hall of Planet Earth, this book describes the science of how the earth works, from its core out to the far reaches of the atmosphere. From the scorching center of Earth's core to the outer limits of its atmosphere, from the gradual process of erosion that carved the Grand Canyon to the earth-shaking fury of volcanoes and earthquakes, this fascinating book -- inspired by the award-winning Hall of Planet Earth at New York City's American Museum of Natural History -- tells the story of the evolution of our planet and of the science that makes it work. With the same exuberance and expertise they brought to the creation of the Hall of Planet Earth, co-curators Edmond A. Mathez and James D. Webster offer a guided tour of Earth's dynamic, 4.6-billion-year history. Including numerous full-color photographs of the innovative exhibit and helpful, easy-to-understand illustrations, the authors explore the major factors in our planet's evolution: how Earth emerged from the swirling dusts of a nascent solar system; how an oxygen-rich, life-sustaining atmosphere developed; how continents, mountain ranges, and oceans formed; and how earthquakes and volcanic eruptions alter Earth's surface. Traversing geologic time and delving into the depths of the planet- -- beginning with meteorites containing minuscule particles that are the solar system's oldest known objects, and concluding with the unusual microbial life that lives on the chemical and thermal energy produced by sulfide vents in the ocean floor -- "The Earth Machine" provides an up-to-date overview of the central theories and discoveries in earth science today. By incorporating stories of real-life fieldwork, Mathez and Webster explain how Earth is capable of supporting life, how even the smallest rocks can hold the key to explaining the formation of mountains, and howscientists have learned to read nature's subtle clues and interpret Earth's ever-evolving narrative
Cataloging source
DLC
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Mathez, Edmond A
Dewey number
550
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QB631
LC item number
.M32 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Webster, James D
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Earth (Planet)
  • Earth sciences
  • Biology
  • Terre
  • Sciences de la terre
  • Géologie
  • Hydrologie
  • Climatologie
  • Biologie
  • Morphogenèse (Géologie)
  • Climat
  • Terre (Planète)
  • Biology
  • Earth sciences
  • Earth (Planet)
Label
The earth machine : the science of a dynamic planet, Edmond A. Mathez and James D. Webster
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-321) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: How has Earth evolved? -- The birth of planet Earth -- Learning the age of Earth -- The evolution of continents -- Life and conditions on early Earth -- Reading rocks: the story of the Grand Canyon -- Part II: Why are there ocean basins, continents, and mountains? -- Internal Earth -- Plate tectonics -- Lavas from the depths of Earth -- Great explosive volcanoes -- Earthquakes -- Mountains -- The Alps -- Part III: What causes Earth's climate and climate change? -- The atmosphere -- The world ocean -- The geological record of climate change -- Part IV: Why is Earth habitable? -- Conditions for life -- Black smokers from the deep -- Some natural resources and how they form
Control code
ocm52430862
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
xiv, 335 pages
Isbn
9780231125796
Lccn
2003055213
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o52430862
  • (OCoLC)52430862
Label
The earth machine : the science of a dynamic planet, Edmond A. Mathez and James D. Webster
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-321) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: How has Earth evolved? -- The birth of planet Earth -- Learning the age of Earth -- The evolution of continents -- Life and conditions on early Earth -- Reading rocks: the story of the Grand Canyon -- Part II: Why are there ocean basins, continents, and mountains? -- Internal Earth -- Plate tectonics -- Lavas from the depths of Earth -- Great explosive volcanoes -- Earthquakes -- Mountains -- The Alps -- Part III: What causes Earth's climate and climate change? -- The atmosphere -- The world ocean -- The geological record of climate change -- Part IV: Why is Earth habitable? -- Conditions for life -- Black smokers from the deep -- Some natural resources and how they form
Control code
ocm52430862
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
xiv, 335 pages
Isbn
9780231125796
Lccn
2003055213
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o52430862
  • (OCoLC)52430862

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