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Earth
The Biography
Written by Iain Steward and John Lynch

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Category: Science; Science - Earth Sciences; Nature
Imprint: National Geographic
Format: Hardcover
Pub Date: April 2008
Price: $35.00
Can. Price: $42.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0236-0 (1-4262-0236-9)
Pages: 240



 
After four and a half billion years, our planet is approaching old age—the perfect time to look back on an extraordinary life. In Earth: The Biography, renowned science writers Iain Steward and John Lynch use groundbreaking imagery and the latest scientific discoveries to tell the epic story of Earth’s birth, life stages, and distant future demise.

Each chapter examines one of the five essential forces—meteor impacts, plate tectonics, the ocean, the atmosphere, and ice—that drive and shape our planet and determine its destiny. New imaging techniques and spectacular graphics combine to reveal hitherto hidden information about these forces, depicting them in action today as they keep the Earth alive and going back in time to show how cataclysmic events played roles in the planet’s development. More than 200 full-color photographs and illustrations present the familiar in a striking new light, while the authors’ straightforward style brings an engaging clarity to advanced scientific concepts.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Iain Steward is a Senior Lecturer in Geology at the University of Plymouth School of Earth, Ocean, and Environmental Sciences. He hosted the popular BBC/PBS geology series From the Center of the Earth. His follow-up series, Journeys into the Ring of Fire, focused on geology and culture around the Pacific Rim. He is co-author of the book Walking with Cavemen.

John Lynch, executive producer of this book’s companion television series, is currently head of the History and Science unit of the British Broadcasting Corporation. He produced numerous films for Horizon, including coverage of the eruption of Mount St. Helens. His credits as an author include Wild Weather and, with Iain Steward, Walking with Cavemen.





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