Encyclopedia of Earth System Science, Volumes some cases, these would be better as more general 1-4. William A. Nierenberg, Ed. 1991. 2845 pp. chapters such as "ocean evolution in a hot-spot refer- $950.00. Hardbound. Academic Press, Inc. ISBN 0- ence frame" or "cyclic sedimentation due to orbital 12-226720-6/1-4. insolation changes" since neither other ocean basins nor other time periods in earth history seem to make An encyclopedia of earth system science repre- it to the major chapter level. The balance is also sents an enormous task. On the one hand, earth evident in the length of contributions. For example, the system science must encompass all the sciences of contribution on isotopic probes of atmospheric trace gases is longer than the chapter on atmospheric trace the earth. At the same time, the goals and objectives gases, anthropogenic influences, and global change. of this "new" science demand that the emphasis Some trace gases are discussed in their own chapters extend far beyond compiling all the information on the but most are not. sciences of the earth. Earth system science was born out of the urgency that humans are no longer passive The major emerging scientific issues are not always spectators in
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