The Earth is the only planet in the Solar System that has produced life - thanks to its size and its ideal position - and permits the evolution of increasingly complex species, of which human beings are the most recent outcome. The incredible expansion of the human population with all its activities over the course of the last century, however, threatens to endanger the fragile and complex ecological equilibriums that reign over the globe.
This book outlines the basic geophysical aspects of the Earth and traces its dynamic and ever-changing surface properties and topographic evolution. A better understanding of how our beautiful planet functions is the key to learning how to better respect the Earth and thereby guarantee the survival of future generations.
The Discovering the world series is a collection of compact guides aimed at making subjects accessible for a young readership (from 10 years old onwards). They are perfect for students of school or college age.