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Journey to the Centre of the Earth: The Remarkable Voyage of Scientific Discovery into the Heart of Our World

David Whitehouse

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Prose: non-fiction, Popular science, Volcanology & seismology

A history of exploration beneath the surface of our planet, a remarkable voyage of scientific discovery over the past 150 years.

The journey to the centre of the earth is a voyage like no other we can imagine.

Over 3,000 km below the earth's surface an extraordinary inner world the size of Mars awaits us.

Dive through the molten iron of the outer core and eventually you will reach a solid sphere - an iron-clad world held within a metal sea and unattached to anything above.

At the earth's core is the history of our planet written in temperature and pressure, crystals and minerals . . .

Our planet appears tranquil from outer space. And yet the arcs of volcanoes, the earthquake zones and the auroral glow rippling above our heads are testimony to something remarkable happening inside . . .

For thousands of years these phenomena were explained in legend and myth. Only in recent times has the brave new science of seismology emerged. One hundred and fifty years after the extraordinary, imaginative feat of Jules Verne's JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH, David Whitehouse embarks on a voyage of scientific discovery into the heart of our world.

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Praise for Journey to the Centre of the Earth: The Remarkable Voyage of Scientific Discovery into the Heart of Our World

  • We know more about the cosmos above our heads that about what's beneath our feet . . . Serving up intriguing information about the first seismoscope and the so-called 'deep diamonds', [Whitehouse] travels from the crust to the core, explaining everything from continental drift to the dynamo theory - FOCUS magazine

  • A tour-de-force, utterly compelling. Whitehouse is terrific, a magical enthusiast - FINANCIAL TIMES on The Moon: A Biography

  • A treasure-trove of science, speculation and anecdote about our star - NEW SCIENTIST on The Sun: A Biography

  • Outstanding - DAILY TELEGRAPH on The Sun: A Biography

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David Whitehouse

Dr David Whitehouse is an author and astronomer, former BBC Science Correspondent and spaceflight insider. He is the winner of a Glaxo science-writing award, the first 'Arthur' - the space 'Oscar' for reporting. He is a past President of the Society for Popular Astronomy and is the author of The Moon: A Biography and The Sun: A Biography. Asteroid 4036 Whitehouse is named after him.

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