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The Emerald Planet: How Plants Changed Earth's History

The Emerald Planet: How Plants Changed Earth's History
David Beerling
Oxford University Press
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cloth, 288 pp., $29.95

Plants have played an exciting role in the history of the planet, one that has rarely been recognized for its dynamic impact on the environment. A recognized authority on the evolution of life, British scientist David Beerling contends that there is a need for greater understanding of the concept that plants shaped the environment and vice versa, over time. He reviews the recent facts from fossil evidence that demonstrate the importance of plants and points out that they add clues "to our climatic future." As he examines the global view of evolutionary plant activities, his narrative serves as a salute to "scientific pioneers and adventurers who have shaped scientific thought." An excellent reference for students, educators, and research scientists, this technical book provides a summary of theories on the influence of plant life on Earth and brings to attention the recent discoveries that lead to unraveling its mysteries.

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden