“Solid-Earth Sciences and Society,” a report developed to assess the current status, opportunities, and priorities within the Earth sciences, is now available from the National Academy Press. Developed by the National Research Council's Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, the report concentrates on solid-Earth processes and their influence on and interactions with society.

The 346-page report presents a new approach to studying Earth processes in which Earth is viewed as an integrated, dynamic system rather than a collection of isolated components, and it relates the intellectual aspects of Earth science to current issues, including resource development, waste disposal, environmental protection, natural hazards reduction, and land use.