T. Rex and the Crater of Doom / Edition 1

T. Rex and the Crater of Doom / Edition 1

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by Walter Alvarez
     
 

ISBN-10: 0375702105

ISBN-13: 9780375702105

Pub. Date: 07/28/1998

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Sixty-five million years ago a gigantic comet or asteroid as big as Mount Everest slammed into the Yucatan Peninsula, creating an explosion on impact equivalent to the detonation of a hundred million hydrogen bombs. It produced a cloud of roiling debris that blackened the sky for months as well as other geologic disasters--and triggered the demise of Tyrannosaurus rex…  See more details below

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Sixty-five million years ago a gigantic comet or asteroid as big as Mount Everest slammed into the Yucatan Peninsula, creating an explosion on impact equivalent to the detonation of a hundred million hydrogen bombs. It produced a cloud of roiling debris that blackened the sky for months as well as other geologic disasters--and triggered the demise of Tyrannosaurus rex.

We know what happened largely because Walter Alvarez--synthesizing the findings of experts from a variety of scientific fields--has written a gripping story of the decades-long search for the cause of the dinosaurs' extinction. Painstakingly assembling clues from the Italian Apennines and the depths of the Pacific and presenting them with the excitement of a great novel, T. rex and the Crater of Doom is a book of undeniable importance and irresistible appeal by a major figure in contemporary science.

"Engaging and witty. Read Alvarez for and excellent account of how scientists pose questions and seek to solve them."--Scientific American

"First-rate...Alvarez provides the up-close tale of the comet or asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs."--San Francisco Chronicle

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375702105
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Edition description:
VINTAGE
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1Armageddon3
Ch. 2Ex Libro Lapidum Historia Mundi19
Ch. 3Gradualist versus Catastrophist43
Ch. 4Iridium59
Ch. 5The Search for the Impact Site82
Ch. 6The Crater of Doom106
Ch. 7The World after Chicxulub130
Notes147
Index171

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walter Alvarez tells the story of the discovery of the existence and location of the impact which caused the end-Cretaceous  extinction event with the knowledge only an insider could possess. This was an interesting look into the decades long scientific process into determining just what killed the dinosaurs. I enjoyed learning more of the details about the comet's (or maybe asteroid) effects on earth's deeply complex geology, a subject I'm not all that I have never learned about or been too interested in. Science is difficult and full of misleading evidence and there are often many different theories on the same events or happenings. I would have  liked to hear a little more about the people involved in the process of research needed for this novel and the actual writing of the book. There are hints of a few interesting conflicts that are summarized and not explained to the level I would prefer them to be. Maybe he  had an idea of putting that information into another novel. Alvarez tells his own story, the story of how he was at the center of discovering  evidence for the dinosaur extinction 65 million years ago having been caused by a meteor/comet impact. Overall it was a great read.  Even though you know the outcome of what happened to cause the extinction of the dinosaurs going in the author manages to capture  the drama experienced over 20 years of research leading to the discovery of the crater and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. -Sean Breen