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By Doug Macdougall

Volcanic airborne dirt and dust, weather swap, tsunamis, earthquakes—geoscience explores phenomena that profoundly have an effect on our lives. yet greater than that, as Doug Macdougall makes transparent, the technological know-how additionally offers very important clues to the way forward for the planet. In an exciting and accessibly written narrative, Macdougall supplies an outline of Earth’s outstanding heritage in line with details extracted from rocks, ice cores, and different normal information. He explores such questions as: what's the probability of an asteroid impressive Earth? Why does the temperature of the sea hundreds of thousands of years in the past subject this day? How are efforts to foretell earthquakes progressing? Macdougall additionally explains the legacy of greenhouse gases from Earth’s prior and indicates how that legacy shapes our realizing of today’s human-caused weather swap. we discover that geoscience in truth illuminates a lot of today’s so much urgent issues—the availability of power, entry to clean water, sustainable agriculture, retaining biodiversity—and we find how, by means of utilising new applied sciences and concepts, we will use it to organize for the future.

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