A history of exploration beneath the surface of our planet, a remarkable voyage of scientific discovery over the past 150 years. Whitehouse's enthralling journey vividly charts all we are able to understand about the mysteries of the deep Earth. His book encompasses the history of our planet and the latest findings about its inner core, allowing us to embark on an adventure that brings us closer to the enigma of our existence.
The journey to the centre of the earth is a voyage like no other we can imagine. Over 6300 km below the earth's surface an extraordinary inner world the size of mars awaits us. Dive through the molten iron of the outer core and eventually you will reach a solid sphere - an iron-clad world held within a metal sea and unattached to anything above. At the earth's core is the history of our planet written in temperature and pressure, crystals and minerals ...Our planet appears tranquil from outer space. And yet the arcs of volcanoes, the earthquake zones and the auroral glow rippling above our heads are testimony to something remarkable happening inside ...For thousands of years these phenomena were explained in legend and myth. Only in recent times has the brave new science of seismology emerged.
Despite spending most of his life looking upwards, to the point where he even has an asteroid named after him, Dr Whitehouse, inspired by Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth, finally looks down. As he says in the introduction ‘Aren’t the best journeys the ones we can never make?’ And this is necessarily a voyage of the imagination, given that much of it is through molten rock and seas of liquid metal into a crystal core. Revealing some of the wonder of what is beneath our feet, he looks at the science of seismology and explains how far we have already gone. Deep mines, volcanoes, earthquakes, underground oceans, and the nature of life are all subjects of inquiry. Of particular interest for non-scientists are Whitehouse’s reflections on literature and how science fiction has reflected man’s changing notions of science, religion and the origins of our world.
We know more about the cosmos above our heads that about what's beneath our feet ... While volcanic lava holds mineralogical clues, and seismographs and neutrinos reveal strata secrets, great unknowns remain about what lies beneath. What is the mantle made of? How does the core generate Earth's magnetic field? How deep can life survive? Author and broadcaster David Whitehouse delves into these questions using Jules Verne's Journey To The Centre of the Earth as a background narrative. Serving up intriguing information about the first seismoscope and the so-called 'deep diamonds', he travels from the crust to the core, explaining everything from continental drift to the dynamo theory -- Jheni Osman FOCUS MAGAZINE
Publication date: 09/04/2015
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||9th April 2015|
|Publisher:||Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Categories:||The Earth: natural history general, Popular science, Earth sciences,|
Dr David Whitehouse is a scientist, journalist and the author of five books, including THE SUN and THE MOON. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society a regular broadcaster on science-related matters for the BBC and Sky News. Asteroid 4036 Whitehouse is named after him.More About David Whitehouse