timefulness

Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World

Marcia Bjornerud     Recommended by Alan    

science 

An elegant book about earth’s geology, and through the prism of this time-scale, points to the changes humans have wrought since the Industrial Revolution. Apart from geologists, few people can conceive of the enormous amount of time there was before humans came onto the scene, and how long-lasting are the changes we are making now will be. Bjornerud argues that having an understanding of the vast amount of geological history is essential to knowing more about our environmental situation in the present. Its a fascinating look at some of the patterns and processes around us, from the raising of mountains over millions of years to the tidal ebb and flow over a single day.

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