The Earth Machine
The Earth Machine
One hundred sixty-eight imposing rock specimens greet visitors to the Museum's Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth. Gaze upon towering sulfide chimneys from the deep ocean, a striking 2.7-billion-year-old red and black banded iron formation that records a distant era when the atmosphere contained no oxygen, and a massive specimen of shiny black volcanic obsidian. Run your hand across giant pieces of polished rock that resemble fancy kitchen countertops but tell the story of Earth.
Then, delve into The Earth Machine: The Science of a Dynamic Planet (Columbia University Press), by Edmond A. Mathez, Curator in the Museum's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, . Division of Physical Sciences, and James D. Webster, Chairman and Curator in the same department. The book is based on and extends the science presented in the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, which was curated by Drs. Mathez, Webster, and other Museum geologists. Full of photographs and interspersed with tales of how rock samples were brought from the Juan de Fuca Ridge in the northeast Pacific Ocean; Mauritania; Hawaii; and "Rockopolis," California, to the Museum, the book describes for the general reader how …
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Publication information: Article title: The Earth Machine. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: Natural History. Volume: 113. Issue: 7 Publication date: September 2004. Page number: 77. © American Museum of Natural History Dec 2008/Jan 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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