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How the Earth Works

Length: 24 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Environment
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How the Earth Works takes you on an astonishing journey through time and space. In 48 lectures, you will look at what went into making our planet - from the big bang, to the formation of the solar system, to the subsequent evolution of Earth. 

You will travel to the center of our planet and out again, charting the geologic forces that churn beneath our feet to push the continents and seafloor around like froth on the surface of soup. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis are byproducts of our planet’s ceaseless activity, and you will focus on specific examples of each to learn why and when they occur. Volcanic activity has produced the atmosphere as a side effect, and you will learn how this sea of air functions at the global scale. Earth’s surface is mostly water, and you will explore the cycling of this vital substance throughout the planet, along with its role in climate, erosion, plate tectonics, and biology. 

Not only are humans at the mercy of our planet’s natural forces, but we ourselves have also become agents of change. We are altering the Earth’s land, water, and air faster than any other geologic process. This will be another theme of your journey: how humans have transformed watersheds, leveled mountains, changed the balance of gases in the atmosphere, and caused the extinction of enough species to hasten the end of the 65-million-year-old Cenozoic era. It is vitally important that we understand the nature of our geologic powers if we are to have any hope of controlling them. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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Everyone should hear this

This guy Professor Wysession is some sort of genius. It sounds like he's reeling this all off from memory. Why weren't the lecturers at my university this good? My only criticism is that he keeps saying the phrase "it turns out" and he says "the classic example" quite a lot as well. (As if that matters)

In all seriousness this is a comprehensive, fascinating, well-structured series of lectures that I will be listening to again and again. The last few chapters are exceptional, and are an antidote to some of the alarmist climate change commentators that we hear so often on the news - listen to THESE lectures to really get a picture of how the earth works.

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I learned a lot.

A well organised, well delivered and complete overview of all the systems and processes which have made the earth what it is and what it may be in the future.
The content is very USA-centric and aimed at Americans, and sometimes that became tiresome.

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Great book, very informative

Really liked this book. Such a depth of information and great background to the complexities of climate change.

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  • Doug B.
  • 23-05-19

Excellent course

Professor Wysession presented this course in a manner that made me feel as if someone was talking to me rather than lecturing to me. I continually wondered how he seemed to effortlessly pull in-depth knowledge from his head because he certainly didn’t seem to be reading his presentation.
He used simple, practical demonstrations to help the listener understand how the earth works. Although these demonstrations must have been videoed, his descriptions were so vivid I could picture them in my mind.
He enthusiastically gave a thorough history of the earth from the beginning until now and even into the future. He showed no political bias, didn’t dwell on controversies about his subject, and displayed no annoyances which often arise from listening to one lecturer for twenty four hours.
I will certainly listen to the series again to better digest many of the points I surely missed the first time.

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  • Audy Meadow Davison LMT
  • 02-07-19

This changes how it feels to live on Earth<br />

There is so much mind bending, time expanding, Earth changing exploration. I look at mountains, rocks, sea shores, rainstorms, and this continent differently now. Living on this changing land seems more temporary
and much more fragile somehow. But also more amazing.

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  • Brian
  • 18-05-19

Superb Course

Dr Wysession knows how to teach and keep things interesting. His depth of knowledge is impressive and he ties things together superbly. The best of 10 courses I listened to.

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  • Mary and Steve
  • 22-07-19

Very good course

Dense at the beginning, but very interesting. Second half really applies what you learned. Highly recommended.

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  • Diane Schmitt
  • 31-05-19

Fantastic!!!

This course is the most amazing I’ve listened to yet and that’s saying something!! Totally interesting from beginning to end. I just finished and am going to start it over. Fantastic!!

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  • Anthony James Pologruto, Jr
  • 07-08-19

Understand our world (and universe) better.

An amazingly deep dive into the geologic processes that formed our world from the big bang to the future. Briefly discusses the other Planets in our Solar System those found beyond. Ending the course will leave you with more of an appreciation for our world and the rest beyond.

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  • T Gopalakrishnan
  • 04-08-19

Pandora of information

If there a word better than Excellent I would choose it. Started appreciating the Mother Nature more after listening to this course.

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  • Kirk Barrett
  • 09-07-19

a tour destination force!

this course covers more than u can ever remember but it's all fascinating. incredible breadth of knowledge demonstrated.

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  • Valley native
  • 18-09-19

Excellent Great Course

I'm a geologist and I thought this course was a great overview of earth science. I knew most of the content, but the professor added enough facts and examples that I learned a lot.

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  • Bobby
  • 17-09-19

The Genesis Conflict on YouTube debunks this

Yes, get your copy today of the fictional fairy tale timeline of scientific delusions of grandeur. Relearn from your school days how the universe exploded from nothing into time, space, and matter. How the stars and planets magically overcame Jean's limit. Then magically how life arose from non living materials. Then the animals magically doing some in the past that they can't do today [reproduce something other than it's own kind].

The timeline and events that this author hopes, wishes, prayed happened never happened. Look up The Genesis Conflict on YouTube for a complete scientific refutation of this fairy tale of evolutionism. Look up Kent Hovind's Creation Seminar on YouTube. Look up on Audible Stephen C. Meyer, Douglas Axe, Michael Behe. Real scientists on Audible who don't staple the glasses of materialism to their face before assessing the evidence.

If Darwin knew today what we knew from science he wouldn't be a something-from-nothing evolutionist.

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