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Terra : our 100-million-year-old ecosystem-- and the threats that now put it at risk

Author: Michael J Novacek
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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The natural world as humans have always known it evolved close to 100 million years ago. Its tremendous history is now in danger of profound, catastrophic disruption. This title presents a synthesis  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael J Novacek
ISBN: 9780374531416 0374531412
OCLC Number: 216941708
Description: xxiv, 451 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: The hyena --
pt. 1: The way of the world. A creature in the forest --
Lush life --
Ephemeral life --
Elephants, dung beetles, and ecosystems --
Evolution : life through a new lens --
pt. 2: The world becomes modern. Ancient ground --
Imperial collapse --
The dinosaurs of Middle Earth --
A flower in the forest --
The garden of delights --
Toward a new ecosystem --
Dinosaur Camelot --
pt. 3: Death and resurrection. A puzzling catastrophe --
The era after --
pt. 4: Terra Humana. Who they were --
The exterminators --
The cultivators --
Land rush --
Dark forces --
The waste of a world --
Heat wave --
Future world.
Responsibility: Michael Novacek.

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