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Alvarez, Walter 1940-

Overview
Works: 59 works in 157 publications in 7 languages and 4,815 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Popular works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: QE506, 576.84
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Most widely held works about Walter Alvarez
 
Most widely held works by Walter Alvarez
T. rex and the crater of doom by Walter Alvarez( Book )

56 editions published between 1980 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 2,139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sixty-five million years ago, a comet or asteroid larger than Mt. Everest slammed into the Earth, causing an explosion equivalent to the detonation of a hundred million hydrogen bombs. Vaporized impactor and debris from the impact site were blasted out through the atmosphere, falling back to Earth all around the globe. Terrible environmental disasters ensued, including a giant tsunami, continent-scale wildfires, darkness, and cold, followed by sweltering greenhouse heat. When conditions returned to normal, half the genera of plants and animals on Earth had perished. This horrific story is now widely accepted as the solution to a great scientific murder mystery what caused the extinction of the dinosaurs? In T. rex and the Crater of Doom, the story of the scientific detective work that went into solving the mystery is told by geologist Walter Alvarez, one of the four Berkeley scientists who discovered the first evidence for the giant impact. It is a saga of high adventure in remote parts of the world, of patient data collection, of lonely intellectual struggle, of long periods of frustration ended by sudden breakthroughs, of intense public debate, of friendships made or lost, of the exhilaration of discovery, and of delight as a fascinating story unfolded. Controversial and widely attacked during the 1980s, the impact theory received confirmation from the discovery of the giant impact crater it predicted, buried deep beneath younger strata at the north coast of the Yucatn Peninsula. The Chicxulub Crater was found by Mexican geologists in 1950 but remained almost unknown to scientists elsewhere until 1991, when it was recognized as the largest impact crater on this planet, dating precisely from the time of the great extinction sixty-five million years ago. Geology and paleontology, sciences that long held that all changes in Earth history have been calm and gradual, have now been forced to recognize the critical role played by rare but devastating catastrophes like the impact that killed the dinosaurs
The mountains of Saint Francis : discovering the geologic events that shaped our earth by Walter Alvarez( Book )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walter Alvarez and his team made one of the most astonishing scientific discoveries of the twentieth century--that an asteroid smashed into the earth 65 million years ago, exterminating the dinosaurs. Alvarez had the first glimmer of that amazing insight when he noticed something odd in a rock outcrop in central Italy. Alvarez now returns to that rich terrain, this time to take the reader on an excavation of the earth's distant past. We encounter the volcanoes that formed the Seven Hills of Rome; majestic limestone mountains that formed millions of years ago under water; and the evidence that the Mediterranean Sea completely evaporated to a sunken desert, perhaps several times, and that continental plates once overran one another to form the Alps. In Alvarez's telling, all major geologic episodes are as dramatic as the great impact that killed the dinosaurs, even when they happen over eons and without huge creatures to witness them.--From publisher description
A most improbable journey : a big history of our planet and ourselves by Walter Alvarez( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Famed geologist Walter Alvarez expands our view of human history by revealing the cosmic, geologic, and evolutionary forces that have shaped us. Big History, the field that studies the entire known past of our universe to give context to human existence, has so far been the domain of historians. In The Little Book of Big History, geologist Walter Alvarez--best known for his 'Impact Theory' explaining dinosaur extinction--makes a compelling case for a new, science-first approach to Big History. He brings a scientist's view to the human story, from the creation of our universe and our planet, the rise of life, the movement of our continents and its effect on human migration, to humanity's ascendance due to our mastery of Earth's natural resources. Alvarez's illuminating observations and stories will give readers a new appreciation of the events, from the Big Bang to the Bronze Age and beyond, that have led to the human situation. Through entertaining, bite-sized chapters, The Little Book of Big History will send readers out in a thousand different directions to learn more"--Provided by publisher
T. rex and the crater of doom by Walter Alvarez( Recording )

4 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sixty-five million years ago, a comet larger than Mt. Everest slammed into the Earth and exploded with the energy of one hundred million hydrogen bombs
Catastrophes and evolution : astronomical foundations by BAAS Mason meeting( Book )

7 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the mountains of Saint Francis : the geologic events that shaped our Earth by Walter Alvarez( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Estinzione e sopravvivenza( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in Italian and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geology and history of Sicily( Book )

8 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Summary in English
Catastrophic events and mass extinctions : impacts and beyond by Catastrophic Events and Mass Extinctions: Impacts and Beyond( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abstracts of the conference papers
A journey through deep time by Walter Alvarez( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il tempo dei dinosauri( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in Italian and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The idea of a community of scholars : essays honoring the centennial of the Faculty Club of the University of California at Berkeley, March 15, 2002( Book )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le montagne di San Francesco : perché nel cuore dell'Italia si nascondono i segreti della terra by Walter Alvarez( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in Italian and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

T by Walter Alvarez( Book )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sixty-five million years ago, a comet or asteroid larger than Mt. Everest slammed into the Earth, causing an explosion equivalent to the detonation of a hundred million hydrogen bombs. Vaporized impactor and debris from the impact site were blasted out through the atmosphere, falling back to Earth all around the globe. Terrible environmental disasters ensued, including a giant tsunami, continent-scale wildfires, darkness, and cold, followed by sweltering greenhouse heat. When conditions returned to normal, half the genera of plants and animals on Earth had perished. This horrific stor
Chi uccise i dinosauri? : nelle rocce di Gubbio, la chiave del mistero : la Gola del Bottaccione scrigno del passato by Fernanda Faramelli( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in Italian and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meteorites, comets and dinosaur extinction by R Muller( Visual )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tectonics of central eastern Sardinia and the possible continuation of the Alpine chain to the south of Corsica by Walter Alvarez( Book )

2 editions published between 1974 and 1980 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Extraterrestrial impact and dinosaur extinction : the search for the crater. by Walter Alvarez( Visual )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Alvarez's lecture discusses new information on how rapidly the extinction of dinosaurs occurred; the hypothesis that the extinction was caused by the impact of a large comet or asteroid on Earth, and the location of a "good candidate site" where that impact may have taken place
Fragmentation of the Alpine orogenic belt by microplate dispersal by Walter Alvarez( Book )

2 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
Alvarez, W.

Alvarez, Walter

Walter Alvarez Amerikaans geoloog

Walter Alvarez scienziato, geologo e archeologo statunitense

Walter Alvarez US-amerikanischer Geologe

Вальтэр Альварэс

Волтер Альварес американський геолог

ולטר אלוורז

والتر ألفاريز

アルヴァレズ, ウォルター

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