The Young Earth

An introduction to Archaean geology

  • E. G. Nisbet

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages iii-xvii
  2. Background concepts and field evidence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. Reconstructing the Archaean Earth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 355-402

About this book

Introduction

'What are we going to do with a parcel of old stones?' wrote the director of an African museum a century and a half ago, when one of my ancestors presented him with a splendid collection of fossils of mammal-like reptiles. Old stones, however intriguing, are difficult to interpret, dusty, and do not fit well in the neatly ordered contents of a house of learning. Archaean geology, which is the study of the Earth's history in the period from after 9 the end of planetary accretion (4.5-4.4 x 10 years ago) up to the beginning 9 of the Proterozoic (2.5 x 10 years ago) is much the same - a parcel of old stones seemingly impossible to understand. Yet these stones contain the history of our origins: they can tell us a story that is interesting not just to the geologist (for whom this book is primarily written) but instead addresses the human condition in general.

Keywords

Archean Proterozoic evolution geochronology growth stratigraphy

Authors and affiliations

  • E. G. Nisbet
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Geological SciencesUniversity of SaskatchewanCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-6489-4
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-04-550049-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-6489-4
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