Earth Sciences

Earth science or geoscience is an all-embracing term for the fields of science related to the planet Earth. It can be considered to be a branch of planetary science, but with a much older history. There are both reductionist and holistic approaches to Earth sciences. The Earth sciences can include the study of geology, the lithosphere, and the large-scale structure of the Earth's interior, as well as the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. Typically, Earth scientists use tools from geography, physics, chemistry, biology, chronology, and mathematics to build a quantitative understanding of ...more

Popular Earth Sciences Books

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Inside the Earth (The Magic School Bus, #2)
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle
Earth: An Intimate History
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded
Annals of the Former World
The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet
Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth
Six Degrees
Volcanoes
Supercontinent: Ten Billion Years in the Life of Our Planet
Silent Spring
The World Without Us
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonThe Map That Changed the World by Simon WinchesterBasin and Range by John McPheeAnnals of the Former World by John McPheeWhen Life Nearly Died by Michael J. Benton
Best Geology Books
100 books — 58 voters
The Origin of Continents and Oceans by Alfred WegenerSnowball Earth by Gabrielle WalkerKrakatoa by Simon WinchesterChildren Of The Ice by John GribbinThe Seashell on the Mountaintop by Alan Cutler
Plate Tectonics
6 books — 2 voters

Cadillac Desert by Marc ReisnerA Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There by Aldo LeopoldThe Dinosaur Heresies by Robert T. BakkerYour Inner Fish by Neil ShubinThe Control of Nature by John McPhee
Earth Sciences and Environment
53 books — 8 voters


The strata of time will usually be buried above the foundation of bedrock.
Anthony T. Hincks

Alfred Wegener
Scientists still do not appear to understand sufficiently that all earth sciences must contribute evidence toward unveiling the state of our planet in earlier times, and that the truth of the matter can only be reached by combing all this evidence. ... It is only by combing the information furnished by all the earth sciences that we can hope to determine 'truth' here, that is to say, to find the picture that sets out all the known facts in the best arrangement and that therefore has the highest ...more
Alfred Wegener, The Origin of Continents and Oceans

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