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Published by the Folio Society, London in 2011.


The book is in very good condition, bound in illustrated cloth with colour photographic plates and in text images throughout. The book is protected by its orange slipcase, which has a minor dent, but does not impact on the integrity of the spine or book in general. The slipcase has some shelfwear marks. 


In the vast scale of geological time, the whole history of man is no more than the blink of an eye. The discovery of that fact uncomfortable as it may have made humans feel was key to much of modern science from Darwin's theory of evolution to predicting volcanic eruptions or the age of the earth. In his 'intimate history', Richard Fortey unlocks the geological secrets of the earth its origin and the constant processes that destroy and create it. His aim is to unite the natural and human history of particular places with the geological realities that underlie them.

The Earth by Richard Fortey

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