Furnace of creation, cradle of destruction [electronic resource] : a journey to the birthplace of earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis / Roy Chester
- Chester, R. (Roy), 1936-
- New York : AMACOM, 
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- xi, 242 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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- Machine generated contents note: Introduction.The Time Before Science -- Ch. 1 Setting the Scene -- Ch. 2 Beginnings -- Ch. 3 New Battles -- Ch. 4 Toward Continental Drift -- Ch. 5 On the Road to Explaining Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Tsunamis -- Ch. 6 Continental Drift: A Theory Without a Cause -- Ch. 7 New Horizons -- Ch. 8 Seafloor Spreading -- Ch. 9 The Plot Thickens -- Ch. 10 The Cycle of Birth, Life, and Destruction -- Ch. 11 Plate Tectonics: The Earth Science "Theory of Everything" -- Ch. 12 Hydrothermal Activity: A New Ocean World -- Ch. 13 Plate Tectonics and Volcanoes -- Ch. 14 Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes -- Ch. 15 Plate Tectonics and Tsunamis -- Ch. 16 Predicting and Mitigating Against Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Tsunamis -- Epilogue: Deadly Years and Megadisasters.
- "In Furnace of Creation, Cradle of Destruction, renowned scientist Roy Chester reveals the fascinating history behind the discovery of plate tectonics and tells the intriguing story of one of the great mysteries of our time - how the surface of our planet was created and how it has evolved. From the early discoveries of Sir Francis Bacon to the beginnings of the science of geology and the controversy surrounding the theory of continental drift, this impeccably researched book reveals the evolution of plate tectonics theory and the cause of these disasters." "With its precise, in-depth research and sweeping scope, this book will captivate anyone interested in the origins of our world. It's undeniable - the state of our planet has never been more volatile or more precarious. It's imperative that we know why. This book will help us gain a clearer understanding of these mysterious natural forces." --Book Jacket.
- Includes index.
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