Geology : the bifocal science -- Set piece on geologic time from Annals of the Former World -- Stories of land, stories from land -- Henry's land -- Natural science, natural resources, and the nature of nature -- Why believe a computer? Models, measures, and meaning in the natural world -- Down to earth : a historical look at government-sponsored geology -- Sustainable living : common ground for geology and theology -- The golden rule : a proper scale for our environmental crisis -- Ruling the range : managing the public's resources -- Rocks, paper, soils, trees : the view from an experimental forest -- Are soils endangered? -- The Edwards Aquifer : water for thirsty Texans -- From the Catskills to Canal Street : New York City's water supply -- Sustaining healthy coasts -- Lessons from lighthouses : shifting sands, coastal management strategies, and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse controversy -- The follies of Lotus Bay -- Dredging to keep New York-New Jersey Harbor alive -- An earth scientist in city hall : geology and community planning -- From reservoir to wetland : the rise and fall of an Ohio dam -- Living with Karst : maintaining a clean water supply in Olmsted County, Minnesota -- Standoff at Yucca Mountain : high-level nuclear waste in the United States -- Appetite for toxins : bioremediation of contaminated soil -- Ocean circulation : conveyor of past and future climate -- A record of climate change from Owens Lake sediment -- Lessons from the past for future climate -- Nature's sunscreen : ozone depletion and the health of the whole -- Let Earth speak! -- Geology and environmental justice : an example from Hawaii -- Stakes, options, and some natural limits to a sustainable world -- What else should my neighbor know? "Have we reached the limits of this planet's ability to provide for us? If so, what can we do about it?" "These questions are addressed in The Earth Around Us, a collection of thirty-one essays by a diverse array of today's foremost scientist-writers. The contributors explore Earth's history and processes - especially in relation to today's environmental issues - and show how we, as members of a global community, can help maintain a livable planet."--BOOK JACKET.