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

Author: James Lawrence Powell
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Mysteries of Terra Firma, James Lawrence Powell tells an engrossing three-part tale of how we came to understand the ground on which we walk, and how that ground holds the key to the greatest secrets of deep space and time. Naming his profound stories Time, Drift, and Chance, he tells of the three twentieth-century revolutions in thought that created the amazing science of Earth-and of all planets to the edge of  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Powell, James Lawrence, 1936-
Mysteries of terra firma.
New York : Free Press, 2001
(OCoLC)647585427
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Lawrence Powell
ISBN: 068487282X 9780684872827
OCLC Number: 48092205
Description: xiii, 256 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Time: Mill of exquisite workmanship --
Strange rays --
End of the debate --
Age of meteorites, the moon, and the earth --
Drift: Science without a theory --
Dream of a great poet --
Rejection of drift --
Plausible mechanism --
Data from the abyss --
Seafloor spreading --
Rejection and priority --
Chance: Glimpses of the moon --
Moonlighting --
Voyages --
Most difficult birth --
Impact revolution --
Tapestry --
Notes --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Responsibility: James Lawrence Powell.
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Everyone knows what geology is, but few people realise that almost everything we know about the planet Earth is barely 100 years old. In this text, James Powell unearths a different perspective on  Read more...

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