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

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Ends of the World: Supervolcanoes, Lethal Oceans, and the Search for Past Apocalypses
The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology
Earth: An Intimate History
The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet
Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle
The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth
Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
Annals of the Former World
Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History
The Emerald Planet: How Plants Changed Earth's History
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
113 books — 63 voters
Cadillac Desert by Marc ReisnerThe Control of Nature by John McPheeThe Dinosaur Heresies by Robert T. BakkerYour Inner Fish by Neil ShubinRising from the Plains by John McPhee
Earth Sciences and Environment
133 books — 12 voters

The Origin of Continents and Oceans by Alfred WegenerAerial Geology by Mary Caperton MortonSnowball Earth by Gabrielle WalkerKrakatoa by Simon WinchesterChildren Of The Ice by John Gribbin
Plate Tectonics
6 books — 3 voters


Lailah Gifty Akita
In the history of the earth, the sun remains still.
Lailah Gifty Akita

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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