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How on Earth? Answers to Puzzles of our Planet

ISBN 
9781770074859
Format 
Paperback
Recommended Price 
R280.00
Published 
December 2009
About the book: 

This title sets out to answer commonly asked questions from nature and the environment. Why is there such a neat fit between the coastlines of Africa and South America? Why is Table Mountain flat, while the adjacent Twelve Apostles are so rugged? Where does the pumice stone on the beaches of Arniston come from? What happens to cause a tsunami? How does rock come to be folded? 

For each of some 70 questions there is an explanation, be it geological, mineralogical, astronomic – whatever the field, the evidence is carefully presented and explained so that even those with little knowledge in these fields can understand the processes that have been at work.

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About the Author
Terence McCarthy is emeritus Professor of Mineral Geochemistry at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has wide research interests in the earth sciences, including economic and environmental geology, geochemistry and geomorphology, and is a leading expert on the geology of wetlands. He is co-author of The Story of Earth and Life  and How on Earth ?

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