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The Resource Why geology matters : decoding the past, anticipating the future, Doug Macdougall

Why geology matters : decoding the past, anticipating the future, Doug Macdougall

Label
Why geology matters : decoding the past, anticipating the future
Title
Why geology matters
Title remainder
decoding the past, anticipating the future
Statement of responsibility
Doug Macdougall
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Volcanic dust, climate change, tsunamis, earthquakes--geoscience explores phenomena that profoundly affect our lives. But more than that, as Doug Macdougall makes clear, the science also provides important clues to the future of the planet. In an entertaining and accessibly written narrative, Macdougall gives an overview of Earth's astonishing history based on information extracted from rocks, ice cores, and other natural archives. He explores such questions as: What is the risk of an asteroid striking Earth? Why does the temperature of the ocean millions of years ago matter today? How are efforts to predict earthquakes progressing? Macdougall also explains the legacy of greenhouse gases from Earth's past and shows how that legacy shapes our understanding of today's human-caused climate change. We find that geoscience in fact illuminates many of today's most pressing issues--the availability of energy, access to fresh water, sustainable agriculture, maintaining biodiversity--and we discover how, by applying new technologies and ideas, we can use it to prepare for the future"--Provided by publisher
  • "Macdougall delves into key processes and events in Earth's geologic history, how science has uncovered the story of the planet's past, and how this knowledge could help us to forecast, predict, or adapt to future examples of such geologic hazards as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, supereruptions from 'hot spots,' or impacts from extraterrestrial objects"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1944-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Macdougall, J. D.
Dewey number
551.7
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QE28.3
LC item number
.M334 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Historical geology
  • SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geology
Label
Why geology matters : decoding the past, anticipating the future, Doug Macdougall
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223099579386
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The First Two Billion Years
  • 5.
  • Wandering Plates
  • 6.
  • Shaky Foundations
  • 7.
  • Mountains, Life, and the Big Chill
  • 8.
  • Cold Times
  • 9.
  • Machine generated contents note:
  • The Great Warming
  • 10.
  • Reading LIPs
  • 11.
  • Restless Giants
  • 12.
  • Swimming, Crawling, and Flying toward the Present
  • 13.
  • Why Geology Matters
  • 1.
  • Set in Stone
  • 2.
  • Building Our Planet
  • 3.
  • Close Encounters
  • 4.
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 285 p.
Isbn
9780520266421
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010043748
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • 668191585
  • (OCoLC)668191585
Label
Why geology matters : decoding the past, anticipating the future, Doug Macdougall
Publication
Bar code
31223099579386
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The First Two Billion Years
  • 5.
  • Wandering Plates
  • 6.
  • Shaky Foundations
  • 7.
  • Mountains, Life, and the Big Chill
  • 8.
  • Cold Times
  • 9.
  • Machine generated contents note:
  • The Great Warming
  • 10.
  • Reading LIPs
  • 11.
  • Restless Giants
  • 12.
  • Swimming, Crawling, and Flying toward the Present
  • 13.
  • Why Geology Matters
  • 1.
  • Set in Stone
  • 2.
  • Building Our Planet
  • 3.
  • Close Encounters
  • 4.
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 285 p.
Isbn
9780520266421
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010043748
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • 668191585
  • (OCoLC)668191585

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