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 Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet
The Ends of the World: Supervolcanoes, Lethal Oceans, and the Search for Past Apocalypses
Earth: An Intimate History
The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth (The Magic School Bus #2)
Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World
Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth
Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle
The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology
Annals of the Former World
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
The Emerald Planet: How Plants Changed Earth's History
Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
Oxygen: The Molecule That Made the World
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 — 13 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

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
114 books — 65 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

Amy  Stewart
They are near the bottom of the food chain - a meal for fish and birds - while humans eat from the top of the food chain, consuming an astonishing array of what lies on the planet. But eventually, even we become food for the worms. Shakespeare saw this connection, writing in Hamlet, "A man may fish with a worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of a fish that hath fed of that worm. ...more
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