Language of the Earth A Literary Anthology

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-05-12
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Man's complex relationship to planet Earth is explored in this second edition of the landmark anthology edited by Frank Rhodes and Bruce Malamud. This volume provides a portrait of the planet as experienced not just by scientists, but by artists, aviators, poets, philosophers, novelists, historians, and sociologists as well. A unique collection that bridges the gap between science and humanities Contains writings by scientists, artists, aviators, poets, philosophers, novelists, historians, and sociologists including Charles Darwin, Dane Picard, Rachel Carson, John Muir, Mark Twain and Archibald Geikie Represents the human experience over the centuries, covering a span of 2,500 years Reflects the planet's extraordinary physical diversity The previous edition was voted one of the 25 'Great Books of Geology' by readers of the Journal of Geological Education

Author Biography

Frank H.T. Rhodes is President Emeritus of Cornell University. Winner of the Geological Society’s Bigsby Medal and the Ian Campbell Medal from the Geological Society of America, Rhodes has served as Chairman of the National Science Board, President of the American Philosophical Society, and Chairman of the American Council on Education and also the American Association of Universities. His other books include The Evolution of Life, Geology, Evolution, Fossils, and The Creation of the Future, as well as many articles on geology, higher education, and the history of science.

Richard O. Stone (1920–78) was Chairman of the Department of Geological Sciences, UCLA. A past member of several honorary societies, Dr Stone wrote many technical articles for Geological Society of America, Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, and American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers.

Bruce D. Malamud is a Reader in Natural and Environmental Hazards at King’s College, London. A past Peace Corps volunteer in Niger and Fulbright Fellow in Argentina, he currently serves as Chief Editor of Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics and President of the Natural Hazards Division of the European Geosciences Union. He has over forty publications in the international scientific literature, including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Geophysical Research, and Earth & Planetary Science Letters.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Preface from the first editionp. xii
Acknowledgments from the first editionp. xv
The Earth Experiencedp. 1
Eyewitness Accounts of Earth Eventsp. 3
Los Angeles Against the Mountainsp. 4
The Night the Mountain Fellp. 6
The Turtle Mountain Slidep. 11
Candidep. 12
The Lisbon Earthquakep. 15
The Temblorp. 18
The Alaskan Good Friday Earthquakep. 21
Tsunamip. 23
Not a Very Sensible Place for a Strollp. 24
Last Days of St Pierrep. 29
Beacons on the Passage Outp. 32
Eruption of the Oraefajokull, 1727p. 35
Explorationp. 38
The Voyage of the Beaglep. 38
The Map that Changed the Worldp. 40
The Exploration of the Colorado Riverp. 42
Mono Lake-Aurora-Sonora Passp. 44
Thrills in Fossil Huntingp. 45
The Creative Explosionp. 47
Attending Marvels: A Patagonian Journalp. 49
Explorationsp. 50
The Blue Planetp. 53
Geologists are also Humanp. 54
Stepping Stonesp. 55
William Bucklandp. 56
The Old Red Sandstonep. 60
A Long Life's Workp. 64
Life, Time, and Darwinp. 66
King's Formative Yearsp. 69
With Shackleton in the Antarcticp. 72
The Great Diamond Hoaxp. 76
Sand, Wind, and Warp. 79
Ship's Wakep. 81
Celebritiesp. 85
Benjamin Franklin and the Gulf Streamp. 85
Leonardo Da Vinci as a Geologistp. 87
Mineralogy, Geology, Meteorologyp. 89
Megalonyx, Mammoth, and Mother Earthp. 93
Three Short, Happy Monthsp. 96
Mountain-Worshipp. 98
Stanford University, 1891-1895p. 100
Interpreting the Earthp. 103
Philosophyp. 105
Concerning the System of the Earth, its Duration and Stabilityp. 106
The Method of Multiple Working Hypothesesp. 110
Historical Sciencep. 113
What is a Species?p. 116
Messages in Stonep. 119
Natural Science, Natural Resources, and the Nature of Naturep. 120
Does God Play Dice?p. 123
The Fossil Recordp. 126
Earth and Manp. 127
Flowering Earthp. 129
Habits and Habitatsp. 134
Diplodocus, The Dinosaurp. 137
A Window on the Oligocenep. 141
A Fish Caught in Timep. 143
Ape-like Ancestorsp. 145
The Relic Menp. 146
Geotectonicsp. 151
From the Boundless Deep & The Birth of the Rockiesp. 152
When Pigs Ruled the Earthp. 155
The Living Planetp. 158
The Road to Jaramillop. 161
Mao's Almanac: 3,000 Years of Killer Earthquakesp. 163
Geologic Jeopardyp. 167
Controversiesp. 171
Apes, Angels, and Victoriansp. 172
The Great Piltdown Hoaxp. 175
Fossils and Free Enterprisersp. 179
The K-T Extinctionp. 182
The Founders of Geologyp. 185
To a Rocky Moonp. 188
Properties and Composition of Lunar Materials: Earth Analogiesp. 190
CFCsp. 192
Language of the Earthp. 195
Prosep. 197
Out of Africap. 197
Seven Pillars of Wisdomp. 200
Green Hills of Africap. 201
Wind, Sand and Starsp. 202
The French Lieutenant's Womanp. 204
Trip to the Middle and North Forks of San Joaquin Riverp. 207
Roughing Itp. 209
A Place on the Glacial Tillp. 211
Basin and Rangep. 213
Neanderthalp. 215
Antarcticap. 218
The Lost Worldp. 220
Poetryp. 223
Landscape and Literaturep. 224
The Excursionp. 226
The Lisbon Earthquakep. 227
The Fountains of the Earthp. 228
To a Trilobitep. 229
A Shropshire Ladp. 230
Mente et Malleop. 230
Selected Poemsp. 232
Lyell's Hypothesis Againp. 233
Selected Poemsp. 234
Stonep. 236
Fossilsp. 236
Rockp. 237
Poetry Matters: Gary Snyderp. 238
Where Shall Wisdom Be Found?p. 242
Artp. 244
A Land: Sculpturep. 245
Beyond Modern Sculpturep. 247
Time's Profile: John Wesley Powell, Art, and Geology at the Grand Canyonp. 249
Thomas Moran: American Landscape Painterp. 253
Earth Callingp. 255
The Crowded Planetp. 257
Human Historyp. 259
Minerals and World Historyp. 260
A Land: Architecturep. 261
The Geologic and Topographic Setting of Citiesp. 263
Topography and Strategy in the Warp. 266
Geology and Crimep. 268
Tambora and Krakataup. 269
Mortgaging the Old Homesteadp. 273
Breathing the Future and the Pastp. 275
Resourcesp. 277
Wealth from the Salt Seasp. 278
Minerals, People, and the Futurep. 280
The Bingham Canyon Pitp. 282
The Geological Attitudep. 284
Geology - For Human Needsp. 286
Benevolent Planetp. 289
Gaiap. 290
The Web of Lifep. 291
Remember the Landp. 292
Rachel Carson: The Idea of Environmentp. 293
Silent Springp. 294
Who is El Nino?p. 295
Essay on the Earth Sciencesp. 297
The Round Walls of Homep. 299
The Butterfly Effectp. 301
Pale Blue Dotp. 304
Sourcesp. 305
Names indexp. 315
Subject indexp. 320
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