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Earth Science
  • Authored by: Christina Reed
  • From the Series: Twentieth-Century Science
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816055335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5533-3
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $49.50
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 02/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 509
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 384


Humans have been grappling with the nature of the planet on which they live since the dawn of their imagination. Although Earth science is typically seen as an "umbrella" term for a number of sciences, the 20th century ushered in the development of such fields as geochemistry, biogeochemistry, marine geology, and paleoceanography, forever changing and enhancing the study of Earth science.

Earth Science: Decade by Decade explores this expansive field and examines the scientific and technologic advances that occurred during the 20th century. Chronicling such key events as Arthur Holmes’ establishment of the geologic timescale, Alfred Wegener’s theory of continental drift, the scientific discovery of plate tectonics, seismological discoveries that revealed Earth’s inner structures, and geologic and paleontological discoveries that have changed how Earth scientists view the evolution of life on this planet, this essential volume monitors the progress of geoscientists as they continue to piece together Earth’s vast history, its current state of affairs, and what this means for life in the future.


Black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Glossary. Further reading. Cross-references. Chronologies. Sidebars.

About the Author(s)

Christina Reed is a freelance science journalist whose clients include Scientific American, New Scientist, and the Discovery Science Channel. She holds dual master's degrees from Columbia University in Earth science and journalism and a bachelor's degree in oceanography from the University of Washington in Seattle. Reed also worked as the science coordinator for the 3D IMAX movie Aliens of the Deep, venturing more than 3,000 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean in the Russian Mir submersible.

Reviews and Awards

"...a top pick for high school to college-level libraries strong in earth science."
Midwest Book Review

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