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I've been fascinated with geology ever since I realised that it is really history on an epic scale (living in Edinburgh also helps) - one book that really opened my eyes to the subject is Richard Fortey's The Earth: An Intimate History:


There is a book that connects large-scale geology with the human-scale history by arguing how the former affects the later. It's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guns,_Germs,_and_Steel "Guns, Germs and Steel" by Jared Diamond.

This is a great book. It's fascinating to consider how much of world history has been influenced by where wheat was first cultivated.

For the lazy, the BBC did a television adaption of it that was quite good

I found "Supercontinent: Ten Billion Years in the Life of Our Planet" by Ted Nield absolutely fascinating. He presented historical theory's as well as modern ones to give the reader a better idea about how drift theory came to be.


Another great book is _Annals of the Former World_ by John McPhee (at least regarding US geology):


I enjoyed "The Map That Changed The World", which is the story of how the study of geology developed during the Industrial period of England. It's the story of William Smith, one of the first people to identify strata formations in coal mines and canal trenches and use them to predict patterns elsewhere.



In South Carolina, that line is called the Orangeburg Scarp. It is where the coastline used to be millions of years ago. Driving westward from the coast, you'll encounter a series of steep hills these days as you gain elevation.

If the Garner-Edisto fault line ever lets go in a major way, you want to be on the western side of it, to avoid the anticipated Tsunami.

I agree, for me it's most fascinating that we are not only able to learn about things that happened so long ago, but also that they can still affect us today.

The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past.


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