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
     
 

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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Product Details

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)

Meet the Author

Jan Zalasiewicz is a Lecturer in Geology at the University of Leicester, before that working at the British Geological Survey. A field geologist, palaeontologist and stratigrapher, he teaches various aspects of geology and Earth history to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and is a researcher into fossil ecosystems and environments across over half a billion years of geological time. He has published over a hundred papers in scientific journals.

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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