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The Earth Through Time

The Earth Through Time 



  • Harold L. Levin  


  • Paperback: 616 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 8 edition (October 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471697435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471697435
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.60 pounds 


Book Description

This best-selling historical geology text provides an excellent balance of basic geology and paleontology.  The new eighth edition provides rich, authoritative coverage of the history of the Earth, offering the most comprehensive history in the discipline today.  It maintains its strong approach to stratigraphy and paleontology that other texts have lost.  The text’s paleogeographic maps are excellent in detail and are a vital component in understanding the earth’s history.  

From the Back Cover

Experience a story of remarkable events and extraordinary creatures

Seafloors thrust up to form mountain ranges, earthquakes, continents broken apart, fiery floods of lava, mass extinctions… No it’s not the latest blockbuster movie; it’s the story of our planet Earth––a story filled with remarkable events and extraordinary creatures.

In The Earth Through Time, Eighth Edition, Harold Levin continues to bring the fascinating story of the Earth’s geological history to life. Levin’s stimulating, highly visual, comprehensive, and thought-provoking approach to historical geology promotes a spirit of intellectual curiosity. Levin explains how the Earth was born, how it has changed through eons of time, what caused the changes, how those changes affected life in the Earth’s geologic past, and how geologists "read the rocks" to write the Earth’s history.

Now updated and revised with many new photographs and graphics, the new Eighth Edition is now even more lively, accessible, and engaging than ever before.


  • Stunning artwork that brings the ancient world to life. In addition, the text is richly illustrated with geologic block diagrams, cross-sections, stratigraphic maps, paleogeographic maps, and phylogenetic trees.
  • Balanced coverage of basic geology and paleontology, with a strong approach to stratigraphy and paleontology.
  • Emphasizes questions about past geologic events and the processes used in finding answers.
  • Integrated approach to the Earth’s systems––the solid Earth, the atmosphere, and the biosphere.
  • Geology of National Parks boxes encourage readers to visit these parks to appreciate their geological significance.
  • A companion website(, including hot links, quizzes, student study guide, and chapter tutorials.  

About the Author(s)

Harold ("Hal") Levin began his career as a petroleum geologist in 1956 after receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri and a doctorate from Washington University. His fondness for teaching brought him back to Washington University in 1962, where he is currently professor of geology and paleontology in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. His writing efforts include authorship of six editions of The Earth Through Times; four editions of Contemporary Physical Geology; Essentials of Earth Science; and co-authorship of Earth: Past and Present, as well as six editions of Laboratory Studies in Historical Geology; Life Through Times; and most recently, Ancient Invertebrates and Their Living Relatives.

For his course in physical geology, historical geology, paleontology, sedimentology, and stratigraphy, Hal has received several awards for excellence in teaching. The accompanying photograph was taken during a lecture on life of the Cenozoic Era. The horse skull serves to illustrate changes in the teeth and jaws of grazing animals in response to the spread of prairies and savannahs during the Miocene and subsequent epochs. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.  


Mexican opinion., December 20, 1999

The book is so good to understand the earth’s evolution and the origin of the features of the planet. If you live on the Nortamerican plate this book shows you the history or your place. If you are not in America, may be you will disgusting because the title describes to much of the evolution in norteamerica and avoids a little the other parts of the word. Although is still a very good textbook for Historical Geology, and you will enjoy to read it, it’s like to read a novel, a novel full of imagens, a very good edition. Recommended for nongraduated estudents.

Este libro es muy bueno para entender la historia de la Tierra y los porigenes de las caracteristicas del planeta…el porque la Tierra es como es. Solo que hace mucho enfasis en el continente americano, sobre todo en la geologia del escudo canadiense y si tu no vives en America tal ves te desespere ver que trata mucho de esta parte del globo. Pero aun asi es un excelente libro para el curso de Geologia Historica..vivas donde vivas. Su lectura es muy amena, es como leer una novela y aparte esta lleno de imagenes, esta muy buen ilustrado, muy buena edicion. Recomendado para estudiantes universitarios.