Origins of the Oceans
- Narrated by: Robert Hazen
- Length: 31 mins
- Release date: 11-15-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: The Great Courses
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By A. Rose McClain on 04-06-18
Thorough stuff, but...
Is there anything you would change about this book?
I have a decent understanding of early historical geology, including the Hadean and Archean eons, so I felt like this short lecture would be a be a good recap, and probably contain some helpful points for further exploration. The first 15 minutes were as expected, and reacquainted me with terms lost to undergraduate exhaustion. After that...whew! If I’d continued in inorganic chemistry, this might’ve been a review, but the lecture went from basic principles of early atmospheric formation to crazy complex magma differentiation. This would not be encouraging to potential earth scientists, and left me feeling fuzzy, and frustrated. Dr. (Mr.?) Hazen never sounds pretentious, and has a nice delivery (without being forced, or overly “enthusiastic” i.e. kiddie-friendly), and I have a few other earth science titles narrated by him, but this one should come with a warning: First half, 200 level geology class review; second half, 500 level early igneous petrology lesson!
Who was your favorite character and why?
What about Robert Hazen’s performance did you like?
Dr. (Mr.?) Hazen never sounds pretentious, and has a nice delivery - without being forced, or overly “enthusiastic” i.e. kiddie-friendly.
Do you think Origins of the Oceans needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Well, geology always needs a follow-up book, but in this case, this title simply needs, either, a better synopsis, or to be presented as two separate titles.