In this groundbreaking book, Bernard Walton takes us on a journey back through time to explore the unique aspects of our planet. He brings to life the fast, dramatic events and slow but forceful shifts that have shaped the world we know today. By turning centuries into seconds, we see how continents broke apart and collided to create mountain ranges and rifts. We travel back in time to watch the cause and effect of advancing glaciers, devastating earthquakes, and violent volcanic eruptions. From the earliest life forms to the species that have survived mass extinctions, we explore the evolutionary history of living things and discover how they have shaped entire landscapes. Computer graphics and time-lapse images show how the Earth and its life forms have changed over millions of years.