Symphony of the Earth

Symphony of the Earth

Symphony of the Earth

Symphony of the Earth

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On several occasions I have been asked whether topics of earth science could be explained in more or less conventional prose. Of course this can be done. I hope chapter I meets with the most extreme wishes in this respect. I even venture to believe that chapters II, IV, VI and VII can also be digested without special strain. Though chapter V, and parts of chapter III may require a special effort of concentration on the part of the reader, there should be nothing in this book that cannot be understood by an intelligent person who is willing to try. Sometimes, however, the use of technical terms cannot well be avoided without affecting the meaning and accuracy of the ideas. However, I have attempted to restrict the use of these terms to a minimum. Moreover most scientific expressions and terms will be explained when used for the first time and when occurring again one will find a reference to these places in the index. Finally a list of the names of geological formations in their proper sequence is made available for consultation in table I, at the end of the Preface (p. xii).

Each chapter constitutes a subject in itself. However, as in the author's "The Pulse of the Earth" the reader will find that the different topics demonstrate the deeper correlation that links together a variety of terrestrial processes, which -- at first sight -- appear to be unconnected.

Each chapter is adapted from one or more addresses and lectures delivered on various occasions and in different countries. (Full reference to these, as well as to the reading literature, is made at the end of each chapter). Accordingly the text closely follows the spoken word.

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