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Visualizing Earth History

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Visualizing Earth History

Loren E. Babcock

ISBN: 978-0-471-72490-2 October 2008 480 Pages

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Visualizing Earth History integrates artwork and images from National Geographic and other rich visuals to provide a broad overview of earth history.  Author, Loren Babock explores Earth’s history as a series of interrelated processes that continue to have significant outcomes for humans and other living things.

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Foreword v

Preface viii

1 Introduction to Earth’s System History 2

2 Earth Materials and Features 26

3 Geologic Time 60

4 Life on Earth and its Fossil Record 86

5 Biological Evolution 124

6 Interpreting Sedimentary Environments and Global Change 150

7 Plate Tectonics in Earth History 194

8 Archean World 226

9 Proterozoic World 252

10 Paleozoic World 278

11 Mesozoic World 328

12 Cenozoic World 368

Appendix A 412

Appendix B 413

Appendix C 415

Glossary 417

Table of Line Art Credits 431

Photo Credits 433

Index 437

Learning Objectives at the beginning of each section head indicate in behavioral terms what the student must be able to do to demonstrate mastery of the material in the chapter.