A Wilder Time: Notes from a Geologist at the Edge of the Greenland Ice

A Wilder Time: Notes from a Geologist at the Edge of the Greenland Ice

by William E. Glassley

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John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Natural History Book
New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Winner
Saroyan Prize Shortlist
Kirkus Reviews "Best Book of the Year" selection

"A richly literary account. . . . Anchored by deep reflection and scientific knowledge, A Wilder Time is a portrait of an ancient, nearly untrammeled world that holds the secrets of our planet's deepest past, even as it accelerates into our rapidly changing future. The book bears the literary, scientific, philosophic, and poetic qualities of a nature-writing classic, the rarest mixture of beauty and scholarship, told with the deftest touch." —John Burroughs Medal judges’ citation

Greenland, one of the last truly wild places, contains a treasure trove of information on Earth's early history embedded in its pristine landscape. Over numerous seasons, William E. Glassley and two fellow geologists traveled there to collect samples and observe rock formations for evidence to prove a contested theory that plate tectonics, the movement of Earth's crust over its molten core, is a much more ancient process than some believed. As their research drove the scientists ever farther into regions barely explored by humans for millennia—if ever—Glassley encountered wondrous creatures and natural phenomena that gave him unexpected insight into the origins of myth, the virtues and boundaries of science, and the importance of seeking the wilderness within.

An invitation to experience a breathtaking place and the fascinating science behind its creation, A Wilder Time is nature writing at its best.

William E. Glassley is a geologist at the University of California, Davis, and an emeritus researcher at Aarhus University, Denmark, focusing on the evolution of continents and the processes that energize them. He is the author of over seventy research articles and a textbook on geothermal energy. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942658344
Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 636,520
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

William E. Glassley is a geologist at the University of California, Davis, and an emeritus researcher at Aarhus University, Denmark, focusing on the evolution of continents and the processes that energize them. He is the author of over seventy research articles and a textbook on geothermal energy. A Wilder Time is his first book for a general audience. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Figures 13

Preface 15

Introduction 27

Fractionation 33

Silence 35

Mirage 58

Breaking Stones 76

Cladonia Rangiferina 88

Falcon 96

Consolidation 107

The Sun Wall 109

Bird Cries and Myths 119

Ptarmigan 127

Clear Water 133

A River of Fish 139

Emergence 149

Tide 151

Clockwork Pebbles 161

Ice 169

Seal 181

Belonging 190

Epilogue 199

Glossary 215

Acknowledgments 219

Quotation Source Notes 223

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