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By Frank H. T. Rhodes, Richard O. Stone, Bruce D. Malamud

Man’s advanced courting to planet Earth is explored during this moment version of the landmark anthology edited by means of Frank Rhodes and Bruce Malamud. This quantity offers a portrait of the planet as skilled not only via scientists, yet by way of artists, aviators, poets, philosophers, novelists, historians, and sociologists besides.

  • A targeted assortment that bridges the space among technology and arts
  • Contains writings by means of scientists, artists, aviators, poets, philosophers, novelists, historians, and sociologists together with Charles Darwin, Dane Picard, Rachel Carson, John Muir, Mark Twain and Archibald Geikie
  • Represents the human event over the centuries, overlaying a span of 2,500 years
  • Reflects the planet’s awesome actual variety
  • The earlier variation used to be voted one of many 25 ‘Great Books of Geology’ via readers of the magazine of Geological schooling


''...this is a truly beneficial learn, with whatever for everybody attracted to geography, earth structures and geology, ordinary background or the overall environment.'' Robert A. Francis,  King’s university London,  Progress in actual Geography


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It blew the tout est bien philosophy to bits. . Optimism never recovered from Lisbon and Candide. ’’ Not, of course, that it vanished all at once. ’’ But within a few years the wounds proved fatal, and a French poet could say that the age of optimism had degenerated into the Dark Ages. 1-6 The Temblor – Mary Austin The second earthquake described in the remain after the terror of such a catastrophe present book is more familiar than that of Lisbon. It concerns the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

This he did and much more. . It cannot be said that the response of the men of science, such as they were, compared favorably with that of the men of action. Lisbon needed some plain truths about the earthquake to counteract the monstrous exaggerations. But the very suggestion that the earthquake was a natural phenomenon, like an eclipse or a storm, shocked the devout and enraged their religious instructors. Even honest men deemed it prudent to hedge. A physician, Jose´ Alvares da Silva, was one of the first to venture the opinion that while the earthquake might be a judgment of God, it could also be naturally explained.

Still, I hesitated. This great maw, these jaws sending out heat that was like the heavy breathing of some living creature, thoroughly frightened me. Leaning forward over that hideous glow, I was no longer a geologist in search of information, but a terrified savage. ’ The sound of my own voice restored me to normal awareness of myself. I got back my critical sense and began to think about what I could reasonably risk trying. ‘De l’audace, encore de l’audace. . ’ That was all very well, of course, but one must also be careful.

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