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Reading the rocks : the autobiography of the earth

Author: Marcia Bjornerud
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook : English
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To many of us, the Earth's crust is a relic of ancient, unknowable history. But to a geologist, stones are richly illustrated narratives, telling gothic tales of cataclysm and reincarnation. For more than four billion years, in beach sand, granite, and garnet schists, the planet has kept a rich and idiosyncratic journal of its past. [The author] takes the reader along on [a] tour of Deep Time, explaining in elegant  Read more...
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Marcia Bjornerud
OCLC Number: 62154449
Notes: Originally published: Cambridge, MA : Westview Press, ©2005.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 3/4 in.
Contents: Prologue, stone crazy --
The tao of earth --
Reading rocks, a primer --
The great and the small --
Mixing and sorting --
Innovation and conservation --
Strength and weakness --
Epilogue, the once and future earth --
Glossary.
Responsibility: Marcia Bjornerud.

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To many of us, the Earth's crust is a relic of ancient, unknowable history. But to a geologist, stones are richly illustrated narratives, telling gothic tales of cataclysm and reincarnation. For more than four billion years, in beach sand, granite, and garnet schists, the planet has kept a rich and idiosyncratic journal of its past. [The author] takes the reader along on [a] tour of Deep Time, explaining in elegant prose what we see and feel beneath our feet. Both scientist and storyteller, [the author] uses anecdotes and metaphors to remind us that our home is a living thing with lessons to teach. She shows how our planet has long maintained a delicate balance, and how the global give-and-take has sustained life on Earth through numerous upheavals. But with the rapidly escalating effects of human beings on their home planet, that cosmic balance is being threatened - and the consequences may be catastrophic. [This book] is literally a history of the world ...-http://www.westviewpress.com.

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