An erudite introduction by the editor (David R. Oldroyd) outlines the intellectual climate in which major advances in our knowledge of both the inside and outside of the Earth have taken place during the last century. Broadly, these include markedly improved understanding of the various processes involved in the modification of the Earth and knowledge of the history and age of the Earth. The chapters deal with only a few aspects, with no attempt to cover the whole field of geology which would not be possible in any depth in one book. Nevertheless, a number of very important topics are...

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