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Earth An Intimate HistoryEssentially about late tectonics in this book we travel over

and inside the 
inside the and take a look at all the Otis processes that shaped ourlanet From Italy to Hawaii from Newfoundland to Scotland the Alps volcanoes fault lines mountain ranges subduction zones different oceans and supercontinents everything you want to know about how the earth came to be as it is now Fortey did a lot of traveling himself and his A Speech on the Present Duties and Future Destiny of the Negro Race: September 2, 1872 (Classic Reprint) personal stories are interwoven in this beautifully written tale of ourlanet I did need some serious Google Earth traveling to take it all in but that only adds to understanding and appreciating this book Looking forward to reading Trilobite Fortey s love of geology really comes through in this work It was both fascinating and insightful The Kiss of the Spiderwoman pictures were great the timeline was not linear so it really kept a goodacing It kind of meandered around topics and The Mutants Are Coming points of interest on the earths crust similar to how your mind would analyze aroblem A wonderful edition truly Who d have thought that a book about rocks would be so compelling I uite literally sat up at night reading this till 2 am over various nights Richard Fortey explains why the continents have their shape and form In doing so he describes how aleogeologists worked out the system of tectonic lates that undergird this world I ve known about tectonic Alles in meinem Dasein ist Musik... plates and supercontinents and that stuff from school textbooks but Fortey makes it fascinating and compelling because he structures each chapter by looking at the evidence of the rocks in aarticular area and from that evidence describes how geologists worked out how that area must have been built up From the basic Witch Is Why The Moon Disappeared premise thathysical effects of erosion and heat metamorphosis of rocks that we can observe now worked in the same way and at the same rate in the ast he shows us how aleogeologists worked out how the continents have their Underground (Unbelievers, present form working back 45 billion years to the creation and breaking up and recreation of multiple supercontinents over the course of Deep Time It s like a detective story but for rocks and all buoyed up with lushrose on the landscapes before him The only thing that I would have loved to have had was videos to accompany the text But that is what youtube is for I guess Mind officially boggled now A fascinating book although as someone with no background in geology I sometimes found it a struggle I suspect there is an editing roblem although often well calibrated for a lay reader in several chapters I found myself wondering how many lay reader would really be interested or engaged in that section Generally though it was tremendously engaging and informative It gave me a much deeper appreciation for the tremendous dynamism and owerful rocesses shaping the earth and often did it uite oetically This book is as informative as boring as glimpsing through an encylopedia I struggled so much to end it and towards the last bits "I was worried I didn t enjoy reading ANYTHING at all to test that I started the first chapter of "was worried I didn t enjoy reading ANYTHING at all to test that I started the first chapter of Europe by Geert Mak and immediatly relievedA few complaints If only the book included some graphics and maps it would have been much easy absorbing to read With the The Purposeful Graduate plain text you just could not imagine the fieldThe writing is not academic lack of references sectionroves that tough that did not make things any easier On the contrary I was hoping that I would read about the geography in the field in the everyday life That was not the case with this book In fact I now understand why Geology sounds was not the case with this book In fact I now understand why Geology sounds boring It IS boring unfortunate state and can never be changed I am not very fond of geology but the beautiful Inscriptions for Headstones poetic style of Richard Fortey srose makes this book a joy to read For example he writes The cycles of the earth the generation and destruction of Thailand's Sickest - Hell To Pay platesrobably happened andante cantabile rather than largoFortey interleaves Huumetsaarin jouluyö poetry among hisrose and thereby shows his overwhelming enthusiasm for geology though I could have done with a bit less of the Retail. De digitale hysterie voorbij poetry He shows his enthusiasms in other ways too by announcing where hisersonal interests lie There are no rocks of Ordovician or Silurian age in the canyon and I have always been an Ordovician manThe main theme of this book is how the theory of Η γραφομηχανούλα - Nietzsche ex Machina plate tectonics has become the centralaradigm of geology Some eople have dismissed this book because of the interleaving of Fortey s ersonal travels with the geological discussions But this is really missing the oint Fortey shows how ethnic cultures have been guided by the In Earth the acclaimed author of Trilobite and Life takes us on a grand tour of the earth’s hysical ast showing how the history of late tectonics is etched in the landscape around us Beginning with Mt Vesuvius whose eruption in Roman times help. Ocal geological structures By making ersonal observations from his travels he shows the extent to which geology has shaped human experience Is it 4000 Meilen durch die USA: Meine Reise zu den großen Fragen des Lebens possible for a book to be utterly fascinating and yet at the same time aerfect cure for insomnia I never would have thought so until I read this oneThat does sound horribly contradictory and yet it is true Reading this book I found myself drawn in by the Interior Designs: An Adult Coloring Book with Beautifully Decorated Houses, Inspirational Room Designs, and Relaxing Modern Architecture power of Fortey s words and this obvious enthusiasm for the subject He s aaleontologist by trade but his era of expertise goes so far back that it s ractically geology anyway And geology is what this book is all aboutThere are those who believe that there are forces "beyond our ken that shape our lives some " our ken that shape our lives Some that the universe itself is alive filled to the brim with some kind of formless substance that wants us to have what we want Others attribute great influence to the motion of non terrestrial lanets just recently I saw a warning the Mercury was in retrograde and that such apparent motion would spell disaster in communications related endeavors Other Detention of Doom people believe there are gods or ghosts or fairies whose wishes and whims have decided who we are and who we will be But Fortey knows what s really going onFortey knows it s the rocksNot just the garden variety ones youick up in your garden no the real rocks The gneiss and the schist and the granite the great lumbering tectonic Fromentin plates relentless in their motion across the face of the Earth carrying the continents on their backs The churning unknowable mantle that holds it all up revealing only the tiniest glimpses of itself through the effluvium of volcanoes The Earth tells us who we are and who we will be for it is the motions of the Earth that made our world what it is It gave shape to the continents it has raised and lowered mountains created and unmade deserts a hundred times over The rich and fertile fields in which we grow our crops the barren wastelands that we avoid because we know that they arelaces where we do not belong all of those were created by the engine of Punishing My Slutty Little Sister plate tectonics Billions of years of relentless motion of continents smashing into each other coming apart and then colliding again have conspired to create the thin almost evanescenteriod of time in which we live And it will continue long after we are gone without ever having bothered to notice that we are hereThis book is humbling to say the least When you think that the Appalachians used to be mountains that rivaled the Alps and the Himalayas that they were the Blood+: Russian Rose, Volume 2 product of not the most recent supercontinent Gondwana nor the one before that Laurasia The gentle rolling hills of the Appalachians along which thousands of summer and weekend hikers travel were born three hundred million years ago in the creation of Pangaea Time wind and rain wore them down to what they are today but they stand as evidence of Earth s deep history Though not uite as old as the Grenville rocks of Central Park remnants of mountains formed a billion years ago before life was than a thin film of algae on a hypoxic seaFortey writes well It s hard to overstate how important that is when considering a book meant for the general audience Not only can you tell that he obviously loves his subject but you can see that he is a good and devoted writer who spent a great deal of time thinking of ways to communicate the literally unthinkable amount of time necessary for the motions of the Earth to haveut things where they are today Geologic events are slow and hard to icture in our minds eyes but he tries He tries to get into your head the vast temperatures and ressures that operate just a few miles below where we sit right now and the utterly alien environment they create He brings to life the arguments and battles that went on between geologists who tried their best over centuries to untangle the folded and twisted stories of the rocks and figure out how they came to be the way they were The story that Fortey is telling "IS FOUR AND A HALF BILLION "four and a half billion in the making a timespan that we simple humans cannot truly graspAnd he does have an excellent way of Friedrich Barbarossa (Gestalten Des Mittelalters Und Der Renaissance) (German Edition) phrasing hisoints In talking about the hot springs of Italy in which the ancient Romans lounged he says These springs were the exhalations of the magmatic unconscious In reminding us that the movements of the Earth determine where we can live what animals we can raise and what crops we can grow he says The geological Unconscious cannot be denied for it still guides the way we use the land and rules the lo. Ed spark the science of geology and ending in a lab in the West of England where mathematical models and lab experiments replace direct observation Richard Fortey tells us what the resent says about ancient geologic rocesses He shows how late tect. Ugh We are all in thrall to the underworld Finally in a The Taste of Her Blood (A Lesbian Vampire Tale) phrase that evoked Sagan in my mind s ear he says In this way the depths intercede in our superficial lives there are unseen and unbidden forces as indifferent to the fate of the sentient organisms living above them as the distant stars The man has a way with words that much is for sureFor all that this is the story of our world and therefore ourselves it is a hard book to keep up with Indeed I found myself nodding off than once no matter that I wanted to keep reading about the manner in which the Colorado River cut through the ever risinglateau through which it coursed The book I believe skirts the edge of Popular Science and Specialist Science Fortey doesn t skimp on the technical language and seems to be talking to an audience that already has a retty good grasp on I really liked the subject material in this book and I liked the fact he used a lot of easy to understand examples but I think he talked a little too long about but I think he talked a little too long about of them I would have loved this book if it had been about 14 13 shorter I m not sure if this is because I have a strong background in geology and didn t need to have such an in depth example to understand or what but arts of the book were seriously difficult to slog throughThat being said when he was on top of his game this book was great Parts of it flew by and were really riveting I artially attribute this to the fact he covered such a wide range of subject matter in his book not all of it is interesting to everyone I for one am tired of faults and basalts too much geology on the west coastOverall a great book for eople who want to know about geology but don t want a super technical explanation and want a lot of examples they can see or visualize And don t mind the the verbosity of British Academics "A GREAT BOOK FOR PEOPLE WITH A LOT OF "great book for Learn English: A Beginner's Guide for ESL Learners people with a lot of in geology too as long as skipping chapters that don t interest them as much doesn t bother them I know that I have a really hard time skippingarts of books I feel like I have to read the whole thing As with Fortey s other books I really enjoyed this and that seems important with this one since it s about geology which is not something that s ever been a Who Is Gloria Steinem? particular interest of mine Fortey has a discursive conversational style while still getting in a lot of information and technical language And in all of his books it s a sort of travelogue too which is uite interestingIt s hardly a completely exhaustive history of Earth but it takes exemplars from various geographies and shows how they apply to the whole of thelanet It works uite well though it is still a retty dense book About a month ago I was looking through the courses I had to choose from as an Environmental Science major making up a short list for class sign up in September The options were evenly divided between Biology and Geology classes and I was leaning heavily toward the former geology seemed uite drab Having icked up Earth at a used book store near the end of July under the impression or at least with the hopes that it would be a general chronological overview of the formation of the Earth the changes it has experienced
and their causes 
their causes However Fortey has completely changed my erception of geology and redeemed my mal expectations Fortey s erudition and admirable life of scientific fieldwork fills in the cracks between bundles of crunchy geology basics Through dozens of real world examples he illustrates the fascinating fundamentals of late tectonics often also tying in not only the exceedingly clever techniues geologists have used to move ever closer to the truth of the matter but even eaks at the ersonalities of the geologists behind the discoveries If you don t know how fascinating geology is or if you are interested but haven t looked into the subject much I would offer my recommendation for Earth Without being repetitive or overbearing he illustrates how incomprehensibly slow and massive geological Corazones solitarios processes are and how they have shaped so much of our world An excellent concentration of knowledge on a subject essential to a rational understanding of the UniverseThere are a couple of issues on which I would have liked further clarification but with Wikipedia handy for further investigation and recent data I can t imagine a much better Geology 101 book We ll see however as we re reading Marcia Bjornerud s Reading the Rocks The Autobiography of the Earth winter term in Freshman Studies which seems to be the same book minus 150ages or so. Onics came to rule the geophysical landscape and how the evidence is written in the hills and in the stones And in the Napříč nekonečnem process he takes us on a wonderful journey around the globe to visit some of the most fascinating and intriguing spots on thelane. .

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