The Earth After Us: What Legacy Will Humans Leave in the Rocks?

The Earth After Us: What Legacy Will Humans Leave in the Rocks?

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by Jan Zalasiewicz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199214972

ISBN-13: 9780199214976

Pub. Date: 11/15/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Geologist Jan Zalasiewicz takes the reader on a fascinating trip one hundred million years into the future—long after the human race becomes extinct—to explore what will remain of our brief but dramatic sojourn on Earth. He describes how geologists in the far future might piece together the history of the planet, and slowly decipher the history of

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Geologist Jan Zalasiewicz takes the reader on a fascinating trip one hundred million years into the future—long after the human race becomes extinct—to explore what will remain of our brief but dramatic sojourn on Earth. He describes how geologists in the far future might piece together the history of the planet, and slowly decipher the history of humanity from the traces we will leave impressed in the rock strata. What story will the rocks tell of us? What kind of fossils will humans leave behind? What will happen to cities, cars, and plastic cups? The trail leads finally to the bones of the inhabitants of petrified cities that have slept deep underground for many millions of years. As thought-provoking as it is engaging, this book simultaneously explains the geological mechanisms that shape our planet, from fossilization to plate tectonics, illuminates the various ingenious ways in which geologists and paleontologist work, and offers a final perspective on humanity and its actions that may prove to be more objective than any other.

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ISBN-13:
9780199214976
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Geological timeline

1 Perspective 1

2 100 Million Years AD 7

3 The Strata Machine 13

4 Tectonic Escalator 37

5 High Water, Low Water 59

6 Dynasties 87

7 Echoes 119

8 Traces 159

9 Body of Evidence 191

10 Meeting the People 219

Further Reading 243

Index 247

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I responded to the banner which appeared on the cover of The Earth After Us--a work in which I was absorbed. I lent the book to my brother-in-law by typing in his e-address in the box provided on the lending form. I believed he would receive a separate electronic copy of The Earth After Us; I was not aware that I would simultaneously be locked out of the one I viewed. My brother-in-law never received a message. He has never seen the book. He could not REJECT what he was not offered, so I couldn't get my book back. When I surrendered and tried to purchase a replacement copy for my own use, I was informed that The Earth After Us is already in my library, and I may not purchase a duplicate copy so that I can finish my reading. I have spoken on the telephone to B & N booksellers twice and visited the local B & N once trying to sort this out, but there is no useful response. I am very disappointed, and I am very angry. By now not very concerned with the success of the various NOOK projects or the continued prosperity of the Barnes & Noble. Possibly they deserve to fail.