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Mysteries of terra firma : the age and evolution of the world

Author: James Lawrence Powell
Publisher: New York : Free Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Describes three geologic revolutions that have transformed our knowledge about the planet: the measurement of geologic time, the discovery of plate tectonics, and the recognition of the role of chance in Earth's evolution.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Lawrence Powell
ISBN: 068487282X 9780684872827
OCLC Number: 62377255
Description: xiii, 256 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Part I Time 1 --
1. Mill of Exquisite Workmanship 3 --
2. Strange Rays 29 --
3. End of the Debate 45 --
4. Age of Meteorites, the Moon, and the Earth 61 --
Part II Drift 75 --
5. A Science Without a Theory 77 --
6. Dream of a Great Poet 83 --
7. Rejection of Drift 91 --
8. A Plausible Mechanism 99 --
9. Data from the Abyss 113 --
10. Seafloor Spreading 123 --
11. Rejection and Priority 145 --
Part III Chance 163 --
12. Glimpses of the Moon 165 --
13. Moonlighting 183 --
14. Voyages 191 --
15. A Most Difficult Birth 201 --
16. Impact Revolution 213 --
17. Tapestry 223.
Responsibility: James Lawrence Powell.

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Describes three geologic revolutions that have transformed our knowledge about the planet: the measurement of geologic time, the discovery of plate tectonics, and the recognition of the role of chance in Earth's evolution.

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