Earth Science: A Scientific History of the Solid Earth
Facts On File, Inc., New York.
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The first book in the new series describes how scholars, explorers, and mapmakers measured the Earth and mapped its surface. It tells of their speculations about what lies beneath the surface, how mountains rise and ocean basins fill. It explains how scientists came to understand the meaning of fossils, how they discovered the age of the planet, and, more recently, how the theories of seafloor spreading, continental drift, and plate tectonics developed.