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The planet in a pebble : a journey into Earth's deep history

Author: J A Zalasiewicz
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Take a pebble. A slate pebble, say, from a beach in Wales. Look at its rich grey, cut by veins of white quartz. Look closely. There are other markings too... Captured within are grand stories that reach back to long-dead stars, into the depths of the Earth, to vanished continents, and quiet ocean beds above which strange creatures swam. There is much history there, if you know how to unlock it. Jan Zalsiewicz takes  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J A Zalasiewicz
ISBN: 9780199645695 0199645698 9780199569700 0199569703
OCLC Number: 761379956
Notes: Originally published: 2010.
Description: xiv, 234 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Contents: Stardust --
From the depths of the earth --
Distant lands --
To the rendezvous --
The sea --
Ghosts observed --
Ghosts in absentia --
Where on earth? --
Gold! --
The oil window --
Making mountains --
Breaking the surface --
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In this narrative of the Earth's long and dramatic history, Jan Zalasiewicz shows how many events in the Earth's ancient past can be deciphered from a single pebble. He explores how geologists reach  Read more...


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Extraordinary book. Times Literary Supplement I have rarely learned so much in so few pages, and this book...has the making of a minor classic. Geographical It builds to a satisfying picture of how Read more...

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