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Earth by Richard Fortey
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Jul 03, 10

bookshelves: geology, non-fiction, science
Read in March, 2009 — I own a copy, read count: 1

An explanation of geological processes & earth history, using specfic locations (Vesuvius, Alps, Newfoundland, etc) to illustrate the point & emphasizing the centrality of plate tectonics as a cause. One aspect I enjoyed about the book was that the observations, if not the explanations, of geologists before the plate tectonics revolution were often quite accurate. In this book, Fortey often uses an Austrian geologist, Seuss, who wrote a summing up of geology as it was in 1900 as a sort of touchstone for geological knowledge before plate tectonics.

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