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The world without us

Author: Alan Weisman
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2007.
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Journalist Weisman offers an original approach to questions of humanity's impact on the planet. Drawing on the expertise of engineers, atmospheric scientists, art conservators, zoologists, oil refiners, marine biologists, astrophysicists, religious leaders, and paleontologists, he illustrates what the planet might be like today if humans disappeared. He explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Weisman
ISBN: 9780312347291 0312347294
OCLC Number: 122261590
Description: viii, 324 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Prelude : A monkey koan --
A lingering scent of Eden --
Unbuilding our home --
The city without us --
The world just before us --
The lost menagerie --
The African paradox --
What falls apart --
What lasts --
Polymers are forever --
The petro patch --
The world without farms --
The fate of ancient and modern wonders of the world --
The world without war --
Wings without us --
Hot legacy --
Our geologic record --
Where do we go from here? --
Art beyond us --
The sea cradle --
Coda : Our earth, our souls.
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Journalist Weisman offers an original approach to questions of humanity's impact on the planet. Drawing on the expertise of engineers, atmospheric scientists, art conservators, zoologists, oil refiners, marine biologists, astrophysicists, religious leaders, and paleontologists, he illustrates what the planet might be like today if humans disappeared. He explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and finally vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; how copper pipes and wiring would be crushed into mere seams of reddish rock; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, radio waves, and some man-made molecules may be our most lasting gifts to the universe. As he shows which human devastations are indelible, and which examples of our highest art and culture would endure longest, Weisman's narrative ultimately drives toward a radical but persuasive solution that needn't depend on our demise.--From publisher description.

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The World Without Us

by Suelzer (WorldCat user published 2008-11-20) Very Good Permalink

After reading this book, it is hard to look at the world around me quite the same.  The book questions what would happen if humans would totally disappear off the face of the earth. How long would it take for buildings, roads, dams- anything man made- to crumble and fall apart? One tends to think...
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