Why Geology Matters: Decoding the Past, Anticipating the Future

Why Geology Matters: Decoding the Past, Anticipating the Future

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 technology additionally presents vital clues to the way forward for the planet. In an interesting and accessibly written narrative, Macdougall supplies an summary of Earth’s wonderful historical past according to info extracted from rocks, ice cores, and different usual records. He explores such questions as: what's the threat of an asteroid extraordinary Earth? Why does the temperature of the sea thousands of years in the past topic at the present time? How are efforts to foretell earthquakes progressing? Macdougall additionally explains the legacy of greenhouse gases from Earth’s previous and indicates how that legacy shapes our knowing of today’s human-caused weather swap. we discover that geoscience in truth illuminates lots of today’s so much urgent issues—the availability of power, entry to clean water, sustainable agriculture, keeping biodiversity—and we find how, via utilising new applied sciences and ideas, we will be able to use it to organize for the future.

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