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    • How the Earth Works

    • By: The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Professor Michael E. Wysession
    • Length: 24 hrs and 31 mins
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     How the Earth Works takes you on an astonishing journey through time and space. In 48 lectures, you will look at what went into making our planet - from the big bang, to the formation of the solar system, to the subsequent evolution of Earth.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent course

    • By Doug B. on 05-23-19

    Regular price: $52.95

    • Origins

    • How Earth's History Shaped Human History
    • By: Lewis Dartnell
    • Narrated by: John Sackville
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When we talk about human history, we often focus on great leaders, population forces, and decisive wars. But how has the earth itself determined our destiny? Our planet wobbles, driving changes in climate that forced the transition from nomadism to farming. Mountainous terrain led to the development of democracy in Greece. Atmospheric circulation patterns later on shaped the progression of global exploration, colonization, and trade. Even today, voting behavior in the southeast United States ultimately follows the underlying pattern of 75 million-year-old sediments from an ancient sea.

    Regular price: $29.65

    • The Modern Scholar: Geology

    • The Story of Earth
    • By: Professor Kate Zeigler
    • Narrated by: Professor Kate Zeigler
    • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
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    Geology is often thought of as simply the study of rocks. In reality, geology is the study of our planet on all scales, from microscopic to planet-wide, and ranging in time from almost instantaneous events, like earthquakes, to the glacially slow motion of the tectonic plates. Everything we know about our world from a geologic perspective is based on information locked into the rock record and the job of a geologist is to tease out that story through a wide variety of observations. This insightful course explores a range of topics that help to tell the story of Earth and to explain the discipline of Geology and the role of the geologist.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • interesting, informative and well presented.

    • By Steven Mark on 01-09-16

    Regular price: $49.94

    • Earth’s Mantle Is Cooling Fast

    • By: Thomas Sumner
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Mid-ocean ridges created thicker crust in the past.

    Regular price: $1.95

    • Earth's Changing Climate

    • By: Richard Wolfson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Richard Wolfson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 305
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    Whatever your views on climate change, it's important to understand how the current scientific consensus on global warming evolved out of basic physical principles and a broad range of observations. This lucid series of 12 lectures is designed to do exactly that-reviewing the most up-to-date research and explaining the concepts, tools, data, and analysis that have led an overwhelming number of climate scientists to conclude that Earth is indeed warming and that we humans are in great part responsible.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Needs Reference material

    • By Richard on 03-08-14

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Natural Science and the Planet Earth

    • By: Dr. Jack Sommer
    • Narrated by: Edwin Newman
    • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
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    Alexander Von Humboldt and others sparked a centuries-long debate about natural history and geological destiny by discussing what today we call the environment. Some now believe the earth cannot safely accommodate its growing burdens; others say longer life spans and more people are signs of progress. Are humans destroying the earth, or building a better world? Will the future bring despair and destruction, or hope and improvement?

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Origin and Evolution of Earth

    • From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence
    • By: Robert M. Hazen, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert M. Hazen
    • Length: 25 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 809
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    This course chronicles the history of Earth and life on Earth from the point of view of the minerals that made it all happen. A major theme is how minerals and life coevolved, leading to the unprecedented mineral diversity on our world compared to the other planets in the solar system. Professor Hazen tells this epic story in 48 action-packed lectures that take you from the big bang to the formation of the solar system to the major milestones that marked the evolution of Earth and life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Best

    • By Brian on 03-18-15

    Regular price: $52.95

    • Murmurs of Earth

    • The Voyager Interstellar Record
    • By: Carl Sagan, F. D. Drake, Jon Lomberg, and others
    • Narrated by: Timothy Ferris, Ann Druyan, Nick Sagan, and others
    • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
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    In 1977, two extraordinary spacecraft called Voyager were launched to the stars. Affixed to each Voyager craft was a gold-coated copped phonograph record as a message to possible extra-terrestrial civilizations that might encounter the spacecraft in some distant space and time.

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Story of Earth

    • The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet
    • By: Robert M. Hazen
    • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 795
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    Earth evolves. From first atom to molecule, mineral to magma, granite crust to single cell to verdant living landscape, ours is a planet constantly in flux. In this radical new approach to Earth’s biography, senior Carnegie Institution researcher and national best-selling author Robert M. Hazen reveals how the co-evolution of the geosphere and biosphere - of rocks and living matter - has shaped our planet into the only one of its kind in the Solar System, if not the entire cosmos.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Makes minerals interesting

    • By Gary on 07-31-12

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Earth Moved

    • On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms
    • By: Amy Stewart
    • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 948
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    They destroy plant diseases. They break down toxins. They plough the earth. They transform forests. They’ve survived two mass extinctions, including the one that wiped out the dinosaur. Not bad for a creature that’s deaf, blind, and spineless. Who knew that earthworms were one of our planet’s most important caretakers? Or that Charles Darwin devoted his last years to studying their remarkable achievements?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I bow down to our benevolent worm overlords

    • By Kirstin on 04-17-14

    Regular price: $18.27

    • The Science of Energy

    • Resources and Power Explained
    • By: Michael E. Wysession, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Michael E. Wysession
    • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
    • Original Recording
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    To better put into perspective the various issues surrounding energy in the 21st century, you need to understand the essential science behind how energy works. And you need a reliable source whose focus is on giving you the facts you need to form your own educated opinions.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Overview

    • By Amanda Gannon on 04-07-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Uninhabitable Earth

    • Life After Warming
    • By: David Wallace-Wells
    • Narrated by: David Wallace-Wells
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 952
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    It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible. Like An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring before it, The Uninhabitable Earth is both a meditation on the devastation we have brought upon ourselves and an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Don’t read if you have depressive tendencies.

    • By Ricky on 03-17-19

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Social Conquest of Earth

    • By: Edward O. Wilson
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Hogan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Edward O. Wilson is one of the world’s preeminent biologists, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and the author of more than 25 books. The defining work in a remarkable career, The Social Conquest of Earth boldly addresses age-old questions (Where did we come from? What are we? Where are we going?) while delving into the biological sources of morality, religion, and the creative arts.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Definitely a primer...

    • By Douglas on 06-10-13

    Regular price: $23.76

    • Whole Earth Discipline

    • An Ecopragmatist Mainfesto
    • By: Stewart Brand
    • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Stewart Brand (afterword)
    • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
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    An icon of the environmental movement outlines a provocative approach for reclaiming our planet. According to Stewart Brand, a lifelong environmentalist who sees everything in terms of solvable design problems, three profound transformations are under way on Earth right now. Climate change is real and is pushing us toward managing the planet as a whole. Urbanization - half the world's population now lives in cities, and 80 percent will by midcentury - is altering humanity's land impact and wealth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This book is incredible

    • By cuban_merch87 on 11-03-16

    Regular price: $21.95

    • The Uninhabitable Earth

    • A Story of the Future
    • By: David Wallace-Wells
    • Narrated by: David Wallace-Wells
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It is worse, much worse, than you think. The slowness of climate change is a fairy tale, perhaps as pernicious as the one that says it isn't happening at all, and if your anxiety about it is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Everyone needs to read this ASAP

    • By Bea on 04-29-19

    Regular price: $21.81

    • Beyond Earth

    • Our Path to a New Home in the Planets
    • By: Charles Wohlforth, Amanda R. Hendrix Ph.D.
    • Narrated by: Will Damron
    • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 54
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    In Beyond Earth, the authors offer groundbreaking research and argue persuasively that not Mars but Titan - a moon of Saturn with a nitrogen atmosphere, a weather cycle, and an inexhaustible supply of cheap energy, where we will be able to fly like birds in the minimal gravitational field - offers the most realistic and thrilling prospect of life without support from Earth.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible- off-topic, unscientific, opinionated

    • By Joe on 12-24-16

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Cows Save the Planet

    • And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth
    • By: Judith D. Schwartz
    • Narrated by: Judith D. Schwartz
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In Cows Save the Planet, journalist Judith D. Schwartz looks at soil as a crucible for our many overlapping environmental, economic, and social crises. Schwartz reveals that for many of these problems - climate change, desertification, biodiversity loss, droughts, floods, wildfires, rural poverty, malnutrition, and obesity - there are positive, alternative scenarios to the degradation and devastation we face. In each case, our ability to turn these crises into opportunities depends on how we treat the soil. Drawing on the work of thinkers and doers, renegade scientists and institutional whistleblowers from around the world, Schwartz challenges much of the conventional thinking about global warming and other problems. For example, land can suffer from undergrazing as well as overgrazing, since certain landscapes, such as grasslands, require the disturbance from livestock to thrive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow!

    • By Benjamin on 09-26-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Rare Earth Frontiers: From Terrestrial Subsoils to Lunar Landscapes

    • By: Julie Michelle Klinger
    • Narrated by: Steve Rausch
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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     Rare Earth Frontiers is a work of human geography that serves to demystify the powerful elements that make possible the miniaturization of electronics, green energy and medical technologies, and essential telecommunications and defense systems. Julie Michelle Klinger draws attention to the fact that the rare earths we rely on most are as common as copper or lead, and this means the implications of their extraction are global. Klinger excavates the rich historical origins and ongoing ramifications of the quest to mine rare earths in ever more impossible places. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Breaks ground and really informative

    • By Another Happy Camper on 01-24-19

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Summary of the Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

    • By: Jennifer Wider
    • Narrated by: Jessica MacPherson
    • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 25
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    In this fast guide you'll be taken by the hand through a summary and analysis of: Executive summary of the uninhabitable Earth, the key takeaways from each chapter and a Brief chapter-by-chapter summaries. You can start and finish this in an hour or less and get all the valuable information from the original book to help shape your understanding about the global warming and our pending Armageddon. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wow

    • By Anonymous User on 04-20-19

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Losing Earth

    • A Recent History
    • By: Nathaniel Rich
    • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 60
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    By 1979, we knew nearly everything we understand today about climate change - including how to stop it. Over the next decade, a handful of scientists, politicians, and strategists, led by two unlikely heroes, risked their careers in a desperate, escalating campaign to convince the world to act before it was too late. Losing Earth is their story and ours.   

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding Overview

    • By Volz865 on 04-09-19

    Regular price: $18.89

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