Historical Geology: Understanding Our Planet's Past

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Infobase Publishing, May 14, 2014 - Historical geology - 321 pages
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Provides up-to-date and expanded coverage of the metamorphic span of Earth's history as told through fossils, rocks and species, from the very origins of the planet to the current Holocene interglacial period Annotation. Covering the metamorphic span of Earth's history as told through its fossils, rocks, and species, this book chronicles the emergence of each successive group of plants and animals. Chapters are organized according to the different geologic time periods, from the origins of the planet to the current Holocene interglacial period. An introduction details basic geological concepts, and black and white illustrations are featured throughout. Erickson is a geologist.
 

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Contents

Planet Earth Origin of Land and Life
1
Archean Alge The Age of Early Life
23
Proterozoic Metazoans The Age of Complex Organisms
45
Cambrian Invertebrates The Age of Shelly Faunas
66
Ordovician Vertebrates The Age of Spinal LifeForms
85
Silurian Plants The Age of Terrestrial Floras
104
Devonian Fish The Age of Marine Animals
123
Carboniferous Amphibians The Age of Forest Denizens
142
Jurassic Birds The Age of Flying Creatures
196
Cretaceous Corals The Age of Tropical Biota
215
Tertiary Mammals The Age of Advanced Species
234
Quaternary Glaciation The Age of Modern Life
256
Conclusion
276
Glossary
277
Bibliography
288
Index
297

Permian Reptiles The Age of Desert Inhabitants
159
Triassic Dinosaurs The Age of Big Beast
177

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Erickson has written several books on Earth science and geology. He has worked as a geologist for major oil companies and mining companies and as an engineer for aerospace and electronics companies.

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