The Earth through Time: WITH Study Guide

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9780470005248: The Earth through Time: WITH Study Guide

This best-selling historical geology text provides an excellent balance of basic geology and paleontology. The new eighth edition provides rich, authoritative coverage of the history of the Earth, offering the most comprehensive history in the discipline today. It maintains its strong approach to stratigraphy and paleontology that other texts have lost. The text's paleogeographic maps are excellent in detail and are a vital component in understanding the earth's history.

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From the Back Cover:

Experience a story of remarkable events and extraordinary creatures

Seafloors thrust up to form mountain ranges, earthquakes, continents broken apart, fiery floods of lava, mass extinctions... No it’s not the latest blockbuster movie; it’s the story of our planet Earth––a story filled with remarkable events and extraordinary creatures.

In The Earth Through Time, Eighth Edition, Harold Levin continues to bring the fascinating story of the Earth’s geological history to life. Levin’s stimulating, highly visual, comprehensive, and thought-provoking approach to historical geology promotes a spirit of intellectual curiosity. Levin explains how the Earth was born, how it has changed through eons of time, what caused the changes, how those changes affected life in the Earth’s geologic past, and how geologists "read the rocks" to write the Earth's history.

Now updated and revised with many new photographs and graphics, the new Eighth Edition is now even more lively, accessible, and engaging than ever before.


  • Stunning artwork that brings the ancient world to life. In addition, the text is richly illustrated with geologic block diagrams, cross-sections, stratigraphic maps, paleogeographic maps, and phylogenetic trees.
  • Balanced coverage of basic geology and paleontology, with a strong approach to stratigraphy and paleontology.
  • Emphasizes questions about past geologic events and the processes used in finding answers.
  • Integrated approach to the Earth’s systems––the solid Earth, the atmosphere, and the biosphere.
  • Geology of National Parks boxes encourage readers to visit these parks to appreciate their geological significance.
  • A companion website(, including hot links, quizzes, student study guide, and chapter tutorials.

About the Author:

Harold ("Hal") Levin began his career as a petroleum geologist in 1956 after receiving bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Missouri and a doctorate from Washington University. His fondness for teaching brought him back to Washington University in 1962, where he is currently professor of geology and paleontology in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. His writing efforts include authorship of six editions of The Earth Through Times; four editions of Contemporary Physical Geology; Essentials of Earth Science; and co-authorship of Earth: Past and Present, as well as six editions of Laboratory Studies in Historical Geology; Life Through Times; and most recently, Ancient Invertebrates and Their Living Relatives.
For his course in physical geology, historical geology, paleontology, sedimentology, and stratigraphy, Hal has received several awards for excellence in teaching. The accompanying photograph was taken during a lecture on life of the Cenozoic Era. The horse skull serves to illustrate changes in the teeth and jaws of grazing animals in response to the spread of prairies and savannahs during the Miocene and subsequent epochs.

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