Let earth speak!

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In his history of earth science, entitled The Dark Side of the Earth, British geophysicist and science writer Robert Muir Wood argues that geology reached its intellectual peak around 1900. During the twentieth century according to Wood, geology’s intellectual decline coincided with the rise of modern physics, chemistry, and biology. In the 1960s and 1970s, however, a new earth science developed, replacing anachronistic “geological” concerns and methods with the global view and scientific methodologies of geophysics. Geochemist and science minister of France, Claude Allègre offers somewhat similar views on how much modern geochemical science has supplanted the “mapping mentality” of geology. According to these scholars, rigorous, scientific geophysical, geochemical, and (presumably) geobiological approaches are now replacing the outmoded geological one.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Earth around us
Subtitle of host publicationMaintaining a Livable Planet
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780429965203
ISBN (Print)9780813340913
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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