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The mountains of Saint Francis : discovering the geologic events that shaped our earth

Author: Walter Alvarez
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Alvarez
ISBN: 039306185X 9780393061857
OCLC Number: 168715049
Description: xiii, 304 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Assisi in the winter --
An invitation to Rome --
Witness to the volcanic fires of Rome --
The quest for the ancient Tiber River --
Siena, and the discovery of earth history --
Gubbio and the chronology of the past --
From winter storm to earth storm --
Rocks for building a mountain range --
Distant thunder from the Alps --
The approach of destiny --
Paroxysm in the Apennines --
Tearing the Apennines apart --
Salt crisis --
Beyond plate tectonics --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Walter Alvarez.
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