Earth's Restless Surface

Deirdre Janson-Smith with Gordon Cressey and Andrew Fleet

Packed with colour photographs, maps and diagrams, this book reveals how to recognise past events recorded in rocks and considers the challenge of predicting the Earth’s future.

978 0 565 09236 8
November 2008
253 x 192 mm
112 pp
Colour throughout
Natural History Museum


How do natural forces erode and sculpt the Earth’s landscape? How are solid rocks worn away and how are they recycled? What influences climate change and what effect does this have on our natural environment? 

This newly revised edition of Earth’s Restless Surface provides an up-to-date introduction to the changing surface of the Earth, from the solid crust to the waters, atmosphere and living things that interact with it.

Earth’s Restless Surface explains in accessible language how the planet is being constantly remodelled by powerful natural forces such as wind, water and ice. It recreates past landscapes and explains how studying the evidence of past climates is a vital part of learning about the Earth’s climate system, and how and why change comes about.

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The book is written by science communications consultant and writer Deirdre Janson-Smith in conjunction with Dr Gordon Cressey and Dr Andrew Fleet from the Natural History Museum, London.

Deirdre began her career at the Natural History Museum as part of the exhibition development team and has since worked for museums, science centres and zoos across the world. She lives in Beaconsfield, Bucks., UK.

Dr Gordon Cressey is the Head of Mineral Sciences in the department of Mineralogy at the Natural History Museum, London. Dr Andrew Fleet is the Head of the Mineralogy department at the Natural History Museum, London.


Find out what others think of this book.

"This is a well-written book illustrated with large, attractive, relevant photographs and clear explanatory diagrams – good value at £9.99. It is suitable for someone starting a study of geology or physical geography, such as an A/AS level student, first year undergraduate or just anyone who is interested in how the world works."


"The Earth's surface is constantly changing, it's landscapes gradually succumbing to erosion from wind, water and ice, and climate. Here Natural History Museum experts explain the processes in clear text and with hundreds of colour photographs, maps and diagrams, showing how we can interpret past changes in our landscape and attempt to predict future ones."

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