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Richard Fortey Ï 9 downloadA fascinating book although as someone with no "background in geology i sometimes found it a "in geology I sometimes found it a I suspect there is an editing problem although often well calibrated for a lay Close to the Land: The Way We Lived in North Carolina, 1820-1870 reader in several chapters I found myself wondering how many layeader would Berlayar di Pamor Badik really be interested or engaged in that section Generally though it was tremendously engaging and informative It gave me a much deeper appreciation for the tremendous dynamism and powerful processes shaping the earth and often did it uite poetically Ieally liked the subject material in this book and I liked the fact he used a lot of easy to understand examples but I think he talked a little too long about some of them I would have loved this book if it had been about 14 13 shorter I m not sure if this is because I have a strong background in geology and didn t need to have such an in depth example to understand or what but parts of the book were seriously difficult to slog throughThat being said when he was on top of his game this book was great Parts of it flew by and were L. Munatius Plancus reallyiveting I partially attribute this to the fact he covered such a wide ange of subject matter in his book not all of it is interesting to everyone I for one am tired of faults and basalts too much geology on the west coastOverall a great book for people who want to know about geology but don t want a super technical explanation and want a lot of examples they can see or visualize And don t mind the the verbosity of British Academics A great book for people with a lot of background in geology too as long as skipping chapters that don t interest them as much doesn t bother them I know that I have a eally hard time In Earth the acclaimed author of Trilobite and Life takes us on a grand tour of the earth’s physical past showing how the history of plate tectonics is etched in the landscape around us Beginning with Mt Vesuvius whose eruption in Roman times help. Kipping parts of books I feel like I have to ead the whole thing Fortey s love of geology eally comes through in this work It was both fascinating and insightful The pictures were great the timeline was not linear so it eally kept a good pacing It kind of meandered around topics and points of interest on the earths crust similar to how your mind would analyze a problem A wonderful edition truly I am not very fond of
*geology but the *but the poetic style of Richard Fortey s prose makes this book a joy to ead For example he writes The cycles of the earth the generation and destruction of plates probably happened andante cantabile ather than largoFortey interleaves poetry among his prose and thereby shows his overwhelming enthusiasm for geology though I could have DONE WITH A BIT LESS OF THE POETRY HE with a bit less of the poetry He his enthusiasms in other ways too by announcing where his personal interests lie There are no ocks of Ordovician or Silurian age in the canyon and I have always been an Ordovician manThe main theme of this book is how the theory of plate tectonics has become the central paradigm of geology Some people have dismissed this "book because of the interleaving of Fortey s personal travels with the geological discussions But this is eally missing the "because of the interleaving of Fortey s personal travels with the geological discussions But this is eally missing the Fortey shows how ethnic cultures have been guided by the local geological structures By making personal observations from his travels he shows the extent to which geology has shaped human experience About a month ago I was looking through the courses I had to choose from as an Environmental Science major making up a short list for class sign up in September The options were evenly divided betwe. Ed spark the science of geology and ending in a lab in the West of England where mathematical models and lab experiments eplace direct observation Richard Fortey tells us what the present says about ancient geologic processes He shows how plate tect. En Biology and Geology classes and I was leaning heavily toward the former geology seemed uite drab Having picked up Earth at a used book store near the end of July under the impression or at least with the hopes that it would be a general chronological overview of the formation of the Earth the changes it has experienced and their causes etc However Fortey has completely changed my perception of geology and edeemed my mal expectations Fortey s erudition and admirable life of scientific fieldwork fills in the cracks between bundles of crunchy geology basics Through dozens of Galaxies in the Universe: An Introduction real world examples he illustrates the fascinating fundamentals of plate tectonics often also tying in not only the exceedingly clever techniues geologists have used to move ever closer to the truth of the matter but even peaks at the personalities of the geologists behind the discoveries If you don t know how fascinating geology is or if you are interested but haven t looked into the subject much I would offer myecommendation for Earth Without being epetitive or overbearing he illustrates how incomprehensibly slow and massive geological processes are and how they have shaped so much of our world An excellent concentration of knowledge "On A Subject Essential To "a subject essential to ational understanding of the UniverseThere are a couple of issues on which I would have liked further clarification but with Wikipedia handy for further investigation and Octavio's Journey recent data I can t imagine a much better Geology 101 book We ll see however as wee Philosophy in Social Work reading Marcia Bjornerud s Reading the Rocks The Autobiography of the Earth winter term in Freshman Studies which seems to be the same book minus 150 pages or so. Onics came toule the geophysical landscape and how the evidence is written in the hills and in the stones And in the process he takes us on a wonderful journey around the globe to visit some of the most fascinating and intriguing spots on the plane.