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4. Landscapes, tectonics, and climate

4. Landscapes, tectonics, and climate  

Andrew Goudie and Heather Viles

in Landscapes and Geomorphology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777479
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199565573.003.0004
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9780199565573
‘Landscapes, tectonics, and climate’ outlines the two biggest influences on landscapes — what a landscape looks like is, to a large extent, a result of tectonics and climate change. Since ... More
9. Unseen landscapes

9. Unseen landscapes  

Andrew Goudie and Heather Viles

in Landscapes and Geomorphology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777479
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199565573.003.0009
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‘Unseen landscapes’ examines some of the landscapes that are only just being revealed to us: submarine landscapes, and the landscapes of Mars and Titan. The major outlines of the ocean ... More
8. Controversies and prospects

8. Controversies and prospects  

David C. Catling

in Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
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9780191779923
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10.1093/actrade/9780199586455.003.0008
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9780199586455
‘Controversies and prospects’ examines the Rare Earth Hypothesis and looks at prospects for astrobiology and finding life elsewhere. The Rare Earth Hypothesis is that the fortuitous ... More
4. Relationships between dinosaurs

4. Relationships between dinosaurs  

David Norman

in Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Sep 2017
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Sep 2017
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9780191837104
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10.1093/actrade/9780198795926.003.0005
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9780198795926
‘Relationships between dinosaurs’ examines the techniques used to study the geneaology, or evolutionary history, of dinosaurs. The primary technique is cladistics—or phylogenetic ... More
5. Drifting continents

5. Drifting continents  

Martin Redfern

in The Earth: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775734
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803078.003.0005
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9780192803078
‘Drifting continents’ focuses on the continental crust, which is very different to the ocean crust. The history of ideas that have contributed to the model of continental drift and plate ... More
4. Revolutions

4. Revolutions  

Tim Lenton

in Earth System Science: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2016
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Feb 2016
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9780191788338
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718871.003.0004
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9780198718871
How did today’s Earth system become so radically different from those of our planetary neighbours, Mars and Venus? The presence of life is clearly a big part of the answer. Earth system ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

Keith Thomson

in Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776090
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10.1093/actrade/9780192805041.003.0001
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The ‘Introduction’ outlines the aims of the book: to show what fossils are, to explain some of the concepts and principles upon which the study of fossils is based, and to discuss the ... More
4. Some things we know, some things we don’t

4. Some things we know, some things we don’t  

Keith Thomson

in Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776090
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10.1093/actrade/9780192805041.003.0004
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‘Some things we know, some things we don't’ illustrates that palaeontology is a dynamic science because we still only know the fossil record imperfectly. The understanding that certain ... More
2. Mountains are not eternal

2. Mountains are not eternal  

Martin F. Price

in Mountains: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2015
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Sep 2015
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9780191782466
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199695881.003.0002
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9780199695881
‘Mountains are not eternal’ explains the processes by which mountains, at completely different timescales, come and go—moving around the planet through the process of plate tectonics. There ... More
3. Studying landscapes today

3. Studying landscapes today  

Andrew Goudie and Heather Viles

in Landscapes and Geomorphology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777479
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199565573.003.0003
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9780199565573
What are the key theories and techniques of geomorphology from the 20th century onwards? ‘Studying landscapes today ’ looks at plate tectonics and Earth system science (ESS). ESS is the ... More
4. From slime to the sublime

4. From slime to the sublime  

David C. Catling

in Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
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9780191779923
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10.1093/actrade/9780199586455.003.0004
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9780199586455
‘From slime to the sublime’ asks: How did Earth maintain an environment fit for life? However life started, once established, it persisted for over 3.5 billion years and evolved from ... More
Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction

Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction  

David C. Catling

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
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9780191779923
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199586455.001.0001
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9780199586455
What fascinates people about astrobiology is that it seeks answers to long-standing unsolved questions: How quickly did life evolve on Earth and why did life persist here? Is there life ... More
1. What is geology?

1. What is geology?  

Jan Zalasiewicz

in Geology: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2018
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Jul 2018
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9780191842771
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10.1093/actrade/9780198804451.003.0001
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9780198804451
Geology is a little like having the world’s biggest and best time machine at one’s disposal. The field of enquiry is the whole Earth, its 4.54-billion-year history, and everything that has ... More
7. Geology for resources

7. Geology for resources  

Jan Zalasiewicz

in Geology: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2018
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Jul 2018
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9780191842771
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10.1093/actrade/9780198804451.003.0007
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Humans have been practical geologists since even before our own species, Homo sapiens, walked the Earth. The exploitation of rock-bound resources required a level of understanding of rock ... More
8. Geology for society and the environment

8. Geology for society and the environment  

Jan Zalasiewicz

in Geology: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2018
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Jul 2018
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9780191842771
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10.1093/actrade/9780198804451.003.0008
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9780198804451
Geology is involved, somehow or another, in most of the resources that sustain us. Equally, it is a significant factor in many of the hazards that threaten us, and geology is often involved ... More
1. What is geophysics?

1. What is geophysics?  

William Lowrie

in Geophysics: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
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9780191834707
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10.1093/actrade/9780198792956.003.0001
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9780198792956
Geophysics is a field of earth sciences that uses the methods of physics to investigate the complex physical properties of the Earth and the natural processes that have determined and ... More
4. Seismicity—the restless Earth

4. Seismicity—the restless Earth  

William Lowrie

in Geophysics: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
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9780191834707
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10.1093/actrade/9780198792956.003.0004
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9780198792956
Hundreds of thousands of earthquakes occur worldwide each year, but most of them go unnoticed. Only a few are very destructive. Most earthquakes have a tectonic origin and happen in ... More
Plate Tectonics: A Very Short Introduction

Plate Tectonics: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Molnar

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2015
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Mar 2015
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9780191794513
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10.1093/actrade/9780198728269.001.0001
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book
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9780198728269
A revolution occurred in geology in the 1960s: plate tectonics. The idea that continents had drifted with respect to one another had been proposed decades before, but now the mechanism ... More
1. Planet Earthin a nutshell

1. Planet Earth: in a nutshell  

Bill McGuire

in Global Catastrophes: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Aug 2014
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Aug 2014
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9780191784088
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10.1093/actrade/9780198715931.003.0001
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9780198715931
Earth is the most dynamic planet in our solar system, but the very same geophysical features that make our world so life-giving and life-preserving also make it dangerous. ‘Planet Earth: in ... More
4. The enemy withinsuper-eruptions, giant tsunamis, and the coming great quake

4. The enemy within: super-eruptions, giant tsunamis, and the coming great quake  

Bill McGuire

in Global Catastrophes: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Aug 2014
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Aug 2014
eISBN: 
9780191784088
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198715931.003.0004
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9780198715931
‘The Enemy Within’ begins with volcanic super-eruptions and their devastating consequences such as the 1815 eruption of volcano Tambora in Indonesia, and ancient eruptions in Yellowstone, ... More

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