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Fortey, a palaeontologist with the Natural History Museumin London, takes a geological survey of the earth's history to show how rocks have shaped the world we walk on.

19th March, 2005

THE EARTH By Richard Fortey Harper Perennial €14.40 Subtitled An Intimate History, Fortey expands on his usual sphere of expertise in the study of trilobites and fossils. But Fortey's geology is neither dry nor dusty. Acting as a kind of travel guide, he takes us over strange and wonderful terrain to show how the varied surfaces of the earth have changed over thousands of years and how these changes,which are still occurring, affect our brief...

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