THIS BOOK is a journey through Earth’s history, from the birth of a planet to the present. Palmer describes major discoveries about Earth’s structure and abundant life.
We learn about the processes that drive plate tectonics and volcanic activity, the evolution of the diversity of life and the ways humans are affecting the environment.
Each chapter introduces a new finding and gives a quick summary of the key breakthrough and its importance, before delving into more detail, in which Palmer explores how each breakthrough has shaped our understanding of
For example, studies of the 1960 eruption of Mount St Helens in Washington, U.S., helped scientists predict future volcanic activity. The varied and colourful pictures, such as the fossilised glimpses of early life, add value to the text. I am left with a new appreciation for our fascinating planet.