Learning Earth Sciences
This young graduate student’s excitement echoes the themes and claims developed in this chapter. The message offers a glimpse into the nature of earth science inquiry. The proposed research crosses several disciplines, though housed in the geosciences, and has importance to understanding climate change on different scales in time and space. The data include works of art found in historical literature. The reconstruction of past habitats and the extrapolation of future ones will guide human actions in response to environmental change. The project has intrinsic appeal to some, social value to many. At the dawn of the twenty-first century, earth scientists are doing multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research serving the public good.