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
Earth: An Intimate History
Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World
The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet
Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth
The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth (The Magic School Bus #2)
Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
Annals of the Former World
The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology
Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle
Fossils Tell of Long Ago
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History
Oxygen: The Molecule That Made the World
The Ends of the World: Supervolcanoes, Lethal Oceans, and the Search for Past Apocalypses
The Origin of Continents and Oceans by Alfred WegenerAerial Geology by Mary Caperton MortonEarthquake! by Gloria D. MiklowitzSnowball Earth by Gabrielle WalkerKrakatoa by Simon Winchester
Plate Tectonics
7 books — 4 voters
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 McPheeEarth by Richard Fortey
Best Geology Books
114 books — 67 voters

Cadillac Desert by Marc ReisnerBasin and Range by John McPheeThe Control of Nature by John McPheeThe Dinosaur Heresies by Robert T. BakkerYour Inner Fish by Neil Shubin
Earth Sciences and Environment
133 books — 14 voters


Amy  Stewart
If you allow a creek to go back to being a creek, if you let the trees and the bramble get overgrown, and you let the stream overrun its banks whenever it wants to, the wetland will take care of itself. The water that trickles into the ocean will be clean and pristine if everything is just left alone to work the way it was designed to work. Earthworms have shown that they can take care of the soil in the same way that a wetland takes care of the water. Nature regenerates. It Cleans. It hides a m ...more
Amy Stewart, The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

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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