Geology General
The Universe Within: The Deep History of the Human Body
The Universe Within
The Deep History of the Human Body
Paperback      ISBN: 0307473279
From one of our finest and most popular science writers, the best-selling author of Your Inner Fish, comes the answer to a scientific mystery story as big as the world itself: How have astronomical events that took place millions of years ago created the unique qualities of the human species? In his last book, Neil Shubin delved into the amazing connections between human anatomy—our hands, our jaws—and the structures in the fish that first took over land 375 million years ago. Now, with his trademark clarity and exuberance, he takes an even more expansive approach to the question of why we are the way we are. Starting once again with fossils, Shubin turns his gaze skyward. He shows how the entirety of the universe's 14-billion-year history can be seen in our bodies. From our very molecular composition (a result of stellar events at the origin of our solar system), he makes clear, through the working of our eyes, how the evolution of the cosmos has had profound effects on the development of human life on earth. From the Hardcover edition.
Annals of the Former World
Annals of the Former World
Paperback      ISBN: 0374518734
A multilayered tale arranged in an organic succession of set pieces, flashbacks, biographical sketches, and human and lithic histories, explores North American geology, plate tectonics, and geologic time.
Fire into Ice: Charles Fipke and the Great Diamond Hunt
Fire into Ice
Charles Fipke and the Great Diamond Hunt
Hardcover      ISBN: 1551922320
Prehistoric Past Revealed: The Four Billion Year History of Life on Earth
Prehistoric Past Revealed
The Four Billion Year History of Life on Earth
Hardcover      ISBN: 0520241053
Describes how the discovery of fossil remains can trace the history of life on Earth.
Timescale: An Atlas of the Fourth Dimension
Timescale
An Atlas of the Fourth Dimension
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670715719
Explains our concept of time and methods of dating events, uses maps and timelines to show what has happened from the creation of the universe to the launch of the space shuttle, and provides an index to key events
The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People
The Universe Within
Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0307378438
From one of our finest and most popular science writers, the best-selling author of Your Inner Fish, comes the answer to a scientific mystery story as big as the world itself: How have astronomical events that took place millions of years ago created the unique qualities of the human species? In his last book, Neil Shubin delved into the amazing connections between human anatomy—our hands, our jaws—and the structures in the fish that first took over land 375 million years ago. Now, with his trademark clarity and exuberance, he takes an even more expansive approach to the question of why we are the way we are. Starting once again with fossils, Shubin turns his gaze skyward. He shows how the entirety of the universe's 14-billion-year history can be seen in our bodies. From our very molecular composition (a result of stellar events at the origin of our solar system), he makes clear, through the working of our eyes, how the evolution of the cosmos has had profound effects on the development of human life on earth.
101 American Fossil Sites You've Gotta See
101 American Fossil Sites You've Gotta See
Paperback      ISBN: 0878426817
Examining in detail at least one amazing fossil site in every state, Albert Dickas clearly explains the critters preserved in the rocks, from sharks and rhinoceroses to trilobites and horn corals. At some sites, you can sift through the shale in search of fossils to keep; at other sites, you can watch professionals excavate museum-quality specimens.
Agates and Other Collectibles of the Pacific Coast
Agates and Other Collectibles of the Pacific Coast
Paperback      ISBN: 159193933x

Barrier Islands of the Florida Gulf Coast Peninsula: The Most Complicated Barrier Island System in the World
Barrier Islands of the Florida Gulf Coast Peninsula
The Most Complicated Barrier Island System in the World
Paperback      ISBN: 1561648086
"With text and hundreds of figures, charts, drawings, and color photos, this book covers the long, narrow islands that run near and all along the Gulf coast of the Florida peninsula. These 30 islands and inlets create a barrier along the 200-mile coast, protecting the mainland and the coastal bays from storms and heavy waves. The land on these islands is among the most expensive real estate on the planet, and most of the islands are now heavily developed and populated, though some natural areas remain. This book looks first at the geological aspects of this barrier-inlet system, which is very young in terms of the history of our planet, only about 3,000 years, appearing since the great glaciers melted and sea level reached near its present position. Hurricanes have had a significant impact on this coast, although they are less frequent here than along most of the Gulf of Mexico. There are very few sand dunes on these flat, narrow islands"--Provided by publisher.
Beyond Oil: The View from Hubbert's Peak
Beyond Oil
The View from Hubbert's Peak
Paperback      ISBN: 080902957x
“This book explains both why the decline of our most precious fuel is inevitable and how challenging it will be to cope with what comes next.”—Richard E. Smalley, University Professor, Rice University, and 1996 Nobel laureate With world oil production about to peak and inexorably head toward steep decline, what fuels are available to meet rising global energy demands? That question, once thought to address a fairly remote contingency, has become ever more urgent, as a spate of books has drawn increased public attention to the imminent exhaustion of the economically vital world oil reserves. Kenneth S. Deffeyes, a geologist who was among the first to warn of the coming oil crisis, now takes the next logical step and turns his attention to the earth’s supply of potential replacement fuels. In Beyond Oil, he traces out their likely production futures, with special reference to that of oil, utilizing the same analytic tools developed by his former colleague, the pioneering petroleum-supply authority M. King Hubbert. “The bad news in this book is made bearable by the author’s witty, conversational writing style. If my college econ textbooks had been written this way, I might have learned economics.” —Rupert Cutler, The Roanoke Times