Reuben Hoar Library (Littleton)

The story of the Earth in 25 rocks, tales of important geological puzzles and the people who solved them, Donald R. Prothero - paperback

Table Of Contents
1. Volcanic tuff : Vulcan's wrath : the eruption of Vesuvius -- 2. Native copper : the iceman and the island of copper -- 3. Cassiterite : the "isles of tin" and the Bronze Age -- 4. Angular unconformity : "no vestige of a beginning" : the immensity of geologic time -- 5. Igneous dikes : the "Earth's great heat engine" : the origin of magmas -- 6. Coal : the rock that burns fires the industrial revolution -- 7. Jurassic world : the map that changed the world : William Smith and the rocks of Britain -- 8. Radioactive uranium : clocks in rocks : Arthur Holmes and the age of the Earth -- 9. Chondritic meteorites : messengers from space : the origin of the solar system -- 10. Iron-nickel meteorites : the cores of other planets -- 11. Moon rocks : green cheese or anorthosite? : the origin of the moon -- 12. Zircons : early oceans and life? : evidence in a grain of sand -- 13. Stromatolites : microbial condos : cyanobacteria and the oldest life -- 14. Banded iron formation : mountains of iron : the Earth's early atmosphere -- 15. Turbidites : Archean sediments and submarine landslides -- 16. Diamictites : tropical glaciers and the Snowball Earth -- 17. Exotic terranes : paradox in rocks : wandering fossils and traveling landmasses -- 18. Jigsaw-puzzle bedrock : Alfred Wegener and continental drift -- 19. Chalk : the Cretaceous Seaway and the greenhouse planet -- 20. The iridium layer : the death of the dinosaurs -- 21. Lodestones : how paleomagic launched plate tectonics -- 22. Blueschists : the puzzle of subduction zones -- 23. Transform faults : earthquake! : the San Andreas Fault -- 24. Messinian evaporites : the Mediterranean was a desert -- 25. Glacial erratics : a poet, a professor, a politician, a janitor, and the discovery of the ice ages
Language
eng
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
viii, 354 pages, illustrations, maps, 24 cm
Isbn
9780231182614

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