ISBN13:978-0375706202 ISBN10: 0375706208 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0375406263 ISBN10: 0375406263
From the acclaimed author of Life and Trilobite!, a fascinating geological exploration of the earth’ ...show morerial''>s distant history as revealed by its natural wonders.
The face of the earth, crisscrossed by chains of mountains like the scars of old wounds, has changed and changed again over billions of years, and the testament of the remote past is all around us. In this book Richard Fortey teaches us how to read its character, laying out the dominions of the world before us. He shows how human culture and natural history–even the shape of cities–are rooted in this deep geological past.
In search of this past, Fortey takes us through the Alps, into Icelandic hot springs, down to the ocean floor, over the barren rocks of Newfoundland, into the lush ecosystems of Hawai’i, across the salt flats of Oman, and along the San Andreas Fault. On the slopes of Vesuvius, he tracks the history of the region down through the centuries to volcanic eruptions seen by fifteenth-century Italians, the Romans, and, from striking geological evidence, even Neolithic man. As story adds to story, the recent past connects with forgotten ages long ago, then much longer ago, as he describes the movement of plates and the development of ancient continents and seas. Nothing in this book is at rest. The surface of the earth dilates and collapses; seas and mountains rise and fall; continents move.
Fortey again proves himself the ideal guide, with his superb descriptions of natural beauty, his gripping narratives, and his crystal-clear, always fascinating scientific explanations. Here is a book to change the way we see the world.
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2005-11-08 Paperback Fair Text may have highlighting, writing or underlining. May have library markings or previous owners name. May have dogeared pages. Some pages may be bent or curled in the cor...show moreners or edges. Cover may show wear including creasing, scuffs, dirty areas, bumped and possibly frayed around edges and corners, may have small tears up to 2" around edges and may be taped up. Cover and pages may have water damage leaving wrinkles or stains. Heavy shelfwear. Any supplementary materials (Online Code or CD) may not be included. -If you'd like more specific details please feel free to contact us. ...show less
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