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Earth through Time

Earth Through Time, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Jacqueline Houghton
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

We would not recommend buying any of these books yourselves (unless you really want to!) as they are quite specific to this course. The majority of those that are core reading are available online via the library.

Dynamic Stratigraphy and Plate Tectonics:

Core reading

Geological History of Britain and Ireland  Woodcock, N.H. and Strachan, R.A.; Wiley-Blackwell, 2nd edition, 2012.  Available online. 
Main textbook for this part of the module and a good overview of the subject.

Sedimentology and Stratigraphy  Nichols, G.; Wiley, 2nd edition, 2009. Available online.
Good introduction to sedimentary environments and stratigraphy.

Further reading

Earth System History Stanley, Steven M. W. H. Freeman 4th edition, 2015.  

Introductory level textbook looking at how the Earth and life have evolved over time, includes a history of the Earth, but with a focus on North America.   

Understanding Earth - Grotzinger, Jordan, Press and Siever. W.H. Freeman & Co. 2010. Available online.

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Quaternary Geology

Core reading

Encyclopaedia of Quaternary Science  Elias, S.A. and Mock, C.J.; Elsevier, 2nd edition, 2013.  Available online.
Provides short introductions of many of the main aspects of palaeo environments and their reconstruction during the Quaternary.

Glaciers and Glaciation  Benn, D.I. and Evans, D.J.; Hodder Education, 2010. Available online.
The classic textbook on glaciers, glaciation and the associated imprint they leave on the landscape. 

Reconstructing Quaternary Environments  Lowe, J.J. and Walker, M.; Routledge, 2015. Available online.
Quaternary science and environmental change is all covered in this seminal textbook! A must for anyone interested in reading more about UK and global Quaternary environments, and reconstruction techniques.

Further reading

Handbook of Sea Level Research Shennan, I., Long, A.J. and Horton, B.P. American Geophysical Union, 2015. Available online
The definitive guide to reconstructing past sea level.

The Ice Age: a very short introduction Woodward, J.C. Oxford University Press, 2014
A great short summary of the history of Quaternary ice age science.

The Ice Age Ehlers, J., Hughes, P. and Gibbard P.L. Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.

Glaciation: a very short introduction Evans, D.J.A. Oxford University Press, 2018.

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Core reading

History of Life  Cowen, R. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 6th edition, 2019. 2013 edition available online.   

Further reading

Invertebrate Palaeontology and Evolution Clarkson, E.N.K; Blackwell Science, 4th edition, 1998. Available online.

This list was last updated on 05/11/2021