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This book about the earth, its history and geology contains the following chapters: 1) Materials, Processes and Principles, 2) Rock-Forming Minerals and Rocks, 3) The Diversity of Life, 4) Environments and Life, 5) Sedimentary Environments, 6) Correlation and Dating of the Rock Record, 7) Evolution and the Fossil Record, 8) The Theory of Plate Tectonics, 9) Continental Tectonics and Mountain Chains, 10) Major Chemical Cycles, 11) The Story of Earth, 12) The Proterozoic Eon of Precambrian Time, 13) The Early Paleozoic World,14) The Middle Paleozoic World, 15) The Late Paleozoic World, 16) The Early Mesozoic Era, 17) The Cretaceous World, 18) The Paleogene World, 19) The Neocene World, 20) The Holocene with Appendix, Glossary and Index.


About the Author

Steven M. Stanley is a research professor in Paleobiology at the University of Hawaii. His research includes such areas as functional morphology; macro evolution; effects of changing seawater chemistry on biomineralization, reef growth, and lime sediment production; and the role of climate change in mass extinctions. He received an A.B from Princeton University in 1963 and a PHDfrom Yale University in 1968. Before moving to the University of Hawaii he was on the faculty of the University of Rochester for two years and the faculty of Johns Hopkins University for thirty-six years.

Dr. Stanley has written three previous editions of Earth System History and a total of three editions of its predecessors, Earth and Life Through Time and Exploring Earth and Life Through Time. His other books include Principles of Paleontology (with David M. Raup), Macro evolution: Pattern and Process, The New Evolutionary Timetable, Extinction (nominated for an American Book Award), and Children of the Ice Age: How a Global Catastrophe Allowed Humans to Evolve. 


He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and numerous awards, including the Paleontological Society Medal, the James H. Shea Award of the National Association of Geo science Teachers (for books authored), the Mary Clark Thompson Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the Twenhofel Medal of the Society of the Society for Sedimentary Geology, and the Penrose Medal of the Geological Society of America.
Dr. Stanley has taught courses in Earth History, Paleontology, Paleoecology, Macro evolution, Marine Ecology, Biodiversity, and Darwin and Darwinism.

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