The Earth Around Us: Maintaining A Livable Planet

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Routledge, 2018 M02 19 - 480 pages
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Soil contamination . . . public lands . . . surface and groundwater pollution . . . coastal erosion . . . global warming. Have we reached the limits of this planet's ability to provide for us? If so, what can we do about it?These vital questions are addressed in The Earth Around Us, a unique collection of thirty-one essays by a diverse array of today's foremost scientist-writers. Sharing an ability to communicate science in a clear and engaging fashion, the contributors explore Earth's history and processes--especially in relation to today's environmental issues--and show how we, as members of a global community, can help maintain a livable planet. The narratives in this collection are organized into seven parts that describe: Earth's time and history and the place of people on it Views of nature and the ethics behind our conduct on Earth Resources for the twenty-first century, such as public lands, healthy forests and soils, clean ground and surface waters, and fluctuating coastlines Ill-informed local manipulations of landscapes across the United States Innovative solutions to environmental problems that arise from knowledge of the interactions between living things and the Earth's air, water, and soil Natural and human-induced global scale perturbations to the earth system Our responsibility to people and all other organisms that live on Earth. Never before has such a widely experienced group of prominent earth scientists been brought together to help readers understand how earth's environment works. Driven by the belief that earth science is, and should be, an integral part of everyday life, The Earth Around Us empowers all of us to play a more educated and active part in the search for a sustainable future for our planet and its inhabitants.

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Contents

Preface
Contributors
Part I
Set Piece on Geologic Time from Annals of the Former
WorldLauret E Savoy
Henrys LandPaul R Bierman
Part II
Why Believe a Computer? Models Measures and Meaning
Part IV
The Follies of Lotus BayJill Κ Singer
Geology and Community
PlanningPaul Κ Doss
Maintaining a Clean Water Supply
HighLevel Nuclear Waste
Rosa E Gwinn
Part VI

A Historical Look at GovernmentSponsored
Common Ground for Geology
A Proper Scale for Our Environmental
Managing the Publics ResourcesDavid
The View from an Experimental
Are Soils Endangered?Ronald Amundson
Water for Thirsty TexansJohn M
New York Citys Water
Sustaining Healthy CoastsJeffrey L Payne
A Record of Climate Change from Owens Lake Sediment
Lessons from the Past for Future ClimateRobin L Hornung
Hornung and Thomas E Downham II
An Example from
Stakes Options and Some Natural Limits to a Sustainable
What Else Should My Neighbor Know?Caryl Edward
Source Notes
Index

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Jill Schneiderman

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