Changes in climate and sea level are nothing new - over the last
700 million years, the Earth has been slowly but constantly
changing from within. We now know that our planet's surface, far
from being fixed or stable, is composed of tectonic plates in
continual movement, drifting in oceans which themselves appear and
disappear over millennia. Such insecurity lies at the heart of both
the physical and the living world, providing the creative impetus
for all life forms to confront change, adapt and evolve.
This exceptional book celebrates the inevitability of global
change and highlights our need as human beings to recognize and
adjust to it. Its entertaining and accessible text displays a
remarkable breadth and diversity of knowledge, drawing upon
discoveries in natural history, geology, geography and paleontology
to unravel secrets of millions of years. Its unique structure
offers the opportunity to pursue two distinct but parallel
narratives in one volume - the first characterized by discrete
photo-essay spreads, and the second by authoritative running text
illustrated with clearly numbered icons. Designed either to be
browsed through like a website or read in chronological sequence,
each chapter provides a fascinating glimpse into the formation and
development of our world.
Glorious panoramic photography by the author, a specialist in
interpretive landscape, reveals the physical legacy of the Earth's
distant past. This intriguing exploration of key sites, often
remote and inaccessible, provides a clear and original perspective
on the Earth as a dynamic, interactive planet. The compelling
narrative by a bestselling science writer places the history of our
planet in a challenging contemporary context in which human beings,
like all living things, must embrace change or fail to survive.
As a science writer Ron Redfern has received a number of
prestigious literary and academic awards, perhaps most notably the
American Institute of Professional Geologists' Outstanding
Achievement Award. This was presented to him before his permanent
return to England in 1996. The award was in recognition of his
contribution to the public understanding in science.
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