Tjeerd H. Van Andel

New Views on an Old Planet

The possibility of global change is much in the news nowadays. In New Views on an Old Planet:A history of global change Tjeerd H. Van Andel looks at the long history of the earth, and at the changes which have taken place. He starts off with the ice ages, and moves on to the longer term effects of continental drift. Later in the book he looks at the evolution of life on earth. This is a non-technical book, but I wouldn't recommend it to the complete beginner in the subject, since Van Andel often highlights some of the disagreements in the subject - he doesn't try to hide them to produce a simpler work

The book is most suited to the reader who has become interested in the history of the earth, and wants to find out more, and in particular to be able to judge the merit in competing ideas. However, in a fast moving subject, the publication date of 1994 is beginning to seem a long time ago - a third edition of the book would be very welcome. One thing that the book brought home to me was that although we can't be sure what changes might happen to the earth in the coming centuries, there's no reason to be complacent - large changes are much more likely that we may want to believe.

Amazon.com info
Paperback 458 pages  
ISBN: 0521447550
Salesrank: 218641
Weight:2.2 lbs
Published: 2002 Cambridge University Press
Amazon price $105.00
Marketplace:New from $27.81:Used from $1.48
Buy from Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk info
Paperback 458 pages  
ISBN: 0521447550
Salesrank: 66424
Weight:2.2 lbs
Published: 1994 Cambridge University Press
Amazon price £59.99
Marketplace:New from £48.23:Used from £0.99
Buy from Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.ca info
Paperback 458 pages  
ISBN: 0521447550
Salesrank: 294454
Weight:2.2 lbs
Published: 1994 Cambridge University Press
Amazon price CDN$ 120.95
Marketplace:New from CDN$ 65.00:Used from CDN$ 2.27
Buy from Amazon.ca





Product Description
Earth Science is history, and because the earth is changing every day, earth history is being added every moment. Professor van Andel's now famous book on earth history interweaves three main themes: the evolution of the solid earth; the history of oceans and atmospheres; and the evolution of life. In the decade since this award-winning book was first published, much new information has been learned and confirmed, and Dr. van Andel draws on this wealth of knowledge to thoroughly revise and update the text. There is a new chapter on how we can improve our grasp on geological time and, mindful of the current interest in global change, new sections describe the greenhouse effect and address its possible future ramifications. In prose that is both concise and compelling and with a glossary and suggestions for further reading New Views on an Old Planet: A History of Global Change, makes earth history appealing to the general reader .