Earth An Intimate History (EBOOK)

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you just could imagine the fieldThe writing is not academic lack of references section proves that tough that did not make things any Edicts of Asoka easier On the contrary I was hoping that I would read about the geography in the field in theveryday life That was not the case with this book In fact I now understand why Geology sounds so boring It IS boring unfortunate state and can never be changed Essentially about plate Tectonics In This Book in this book travel over and inside the Upgrade Soul earth and take a look at all the processes that shaped our planet From Italy to Hawaii from Newfoundland to Scotland the Alps volcanoes fault lines mountain ranges subduction zones different oceans and supercontinentsverything you want to know about how the arth came to be as it is now Fortey did a lot o About a month ago I was looking through the courses I had to choose from as an Environmental Science major making up a short list for class sign up in September The options were venly divided between Biology and Geology classes and I was leaning heavily toward the former geology seemed uite drab Having picked up Earth at a used book store near the Elizabeth I: Translations, 1544-1589 end of July under I am not very fond of geology but the beautiful poetic style of Richard Fortey s prose makes this book a joy to read Forxample he writes The cycles of the Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist earth the generation and destruction of plates probably happened andante cantabile rather than largoFortey interleaves poetry among his prose and thereby shows his overwhelmingnthusiasm for geology though I could have done with a bit less of the poetry He shows his nthusiasms in other ways too by announcing where his personal interests lie There are no rocks of Ordovician or Silurian age in the canyon and I have always been an Ordovician manThe main theme of this book is how the theory of plate tectonics has become the central paradigm of geology Some people have dismissed this book because of the interleaving of Fortey s personal travels with the geological discussions But this is really missing the point Fortey shows how thnic cultures have been guided by the local geological structures By making personal observations from his travels he shows the xtent to which geology has shaped human xperience Fortey s love of geology really comes through in this work It was both fascinating and insightful The pictures were great the timeline was not linear so it really kept a good pacing It kind of meandered around topics and points of interest on the Imaginary Runner earths crust similar to how your mind would analyze a problem A wonderfuldition truly I really liked the subject material in this book and I liked the fact he used a lot of From Cottage to Bungalow: Houses and the Working Class in Metropolitan Chicago, 1869-1929 easy to understandxamples but I think he talked a little too long about some of them I would have loved this book if it had been about 14 13 shorter I m not sure if this is because I have a strong background in geology and didn t need to have such an in depth Fresh Water example to understand or what but parts of the book were seriously difficult to slog throughThat being said when he was on top of his game this book was great Parts of it flew by and were really riveting I partially attribute this to the fact he covered such a wide range of subject matter in his book not all of it is interesting toveryone I one am tired of faults and basalts too much geology on the west coastOverall a great book for people who to know about geology but don t want a super technical French Daguerreotypes explanation and want a lot ofxamples they can see or visualize And don t mind the the verbosity of British Academics A great book for people with a lot of background in geology too as long as skipping chapters that don t interest them as much doesn t bother them I know that I have a really hard time skipping parts of books I feel like I have to read the whole thing A fascinating book although as someone with no background in geology I sometimes found it a struggle I suspect there is an diting problem although often well calibrated for a lay reader in several chapters I found myself wondering how many lay reader would really be interested or ngaged in that section Generally though it was tremendously From the Enemy's Point of View: Humanity and Divinity in an Amazonian Society engaging and informative It gave me a much deeper appreciation for the tremendous dynamism and powerful processes shaping thearth and often did it uite poetically. Onics came to rule the geophysical landscape and how the Doris Salcedo evidence is written in the hills and in the stones And in the process he takes us on a wonderful journey around the globe to visit some of the most fascinating and intriguing spots on the plane. Is it possible for a book to be utterly fascinating and yet at the same time a perfect cure for insomnia I never would have thought so until I read this oneThat does sound horribly contradictory and yet it is true Reading this book I found myself drawn in by the power of Fortey s words and this obviousnthusiasm for the subject He s a paleontologist by trade but his Twelve Days of Pleasure era ofxpertise goes so far back that it s practically geology anyway And geology is what this book is all aboutThere are those who believe that there are forces beyond our ken that shape our lives Some believe that the forces beyond our ken that shape our lives Some believe that the itself is alive filled to the brim with some kind of formless substance that wants us to have what we want Others attribute great influence to the motion of non terrestrial planets just recently I saw a warning the Mercury was in retrograde and that such apparent motion would spell disaster in communications related Gods Choice endeavors Other people believe there are gods or ghosts or fairies whose wishes and whims have decided who we are and who we will be But Fortey knows what s really going onFortey knows it s the rocksNot just the garden variety ones you pick up in your garden no the real rocks The gneiss and the schist and the granite the great lumbering tectonic plates relentless in their motion across the face of the Earth carrying the continents on their backs The churning unknowable mantle that holds it all up revealing only the tiniest glimpses of itself through theffluvium of volcanoes The Earth tells us who we are and who we will be for it is the motions of the Earth that made our world what it is It gave shape to the continents it has raised and lowered mountains created and unmade deserts a hundred times over The rich mountains created and unmade deserts a hundred times over The rich fertile fields in which we grow our crops the barren wastelands that we avoid because we know that they are places where we do not belong all of those were created by the Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye engine of plate tectonics Billions of years of relentless motion of continents smashing intoach other coming apart and then colliding again have conspired to create the thin almost vanescent period of time in which we live And it will continue Long After We Are Gone after we are gone ver having bothered to notice that we are hereThis book is humbling to say the least When you think that the Appalachians used to be mountains that rivaled the Alps and the Himalayas that they were the product of not the most recent supercontinent Gondwana nor the one before that Laurasia The gentle rolling hills of the Appalachians along which thousands of summer and weekend hikers travel were born three hundred million years ago in the creation of Pangaea Time wind and rain wore them down to what they are today but they stand as vidence of Earth s deep history Though not uite as old as the Grenville rocks of Central Park remnants of mountains formed a billion years ago before life was than a thin film of algae on a hypoxic seaFortey writes well It s hard to overstate how important that is when considering a book meant for the general audience Not only can you tell that he obviously loves his subject but you can see that he is a good and devoted writer who spent a great deal of time thinking of ways to communicate the literally unthinkable amount of time necessary for the motions of the Earth to have put things where they are today Geologic vents are slow and hard to picture in our minds Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild eyes but he tries He tries to get into your head the vast temperatures and pressures that operate just a few miles below where we sit right now and the utterly aliennvironment they create He brings to life the arguments and battles that went on between geologists who tried their best over centuries to untangle the folded and twisted stories of the rocks and figure out how they came to be the way they were The story that Fortey is telling is four and a half billion years in the making a timespan that we simple humans cannot truly graspAnd he does have an Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets excellent way of phrasing his points In talking about the hot springs of Italy in which the ancient Romans lounged he says These springs were thexhalations of the magmatic unconscious In reminding us that the movements of the Earth determine where we can live what animals we can raise and what crops we can grow he says The geological Unconscious cannot be denied for it still guides. In Earth the acclaimed author of Trilobite and Life takes us on a grand tour of the Electromyography for Experimentalists earth’s physical past showing how the history of plate tectonics istched in the landscape around us Beginning with Mt Vesuvius whose ruption in Roman times help. .
The way we use the land and rules the plough We are all in thrall to the underworld Finally in a phrase that voked Sagan in my mind s ar he says In this way the depths intercede in our superficial lives there are unseen and unbidden forces as indifferent to the fate of the sentient organisms living above them as the distant stars The man has a way with words that much is for sureFor all that this is the story of our world and therefore ourselves it is a hard book to keep up with Indeed I found myself nodding off than once no matter that I wanted to keep reading about the manner in which the Colorado River cut through the ver rising plateau through which it coursed The book I believe skirts the dge of Popular Science and Specialist Science Fortey doesn t skimp on the technical language and seems to be talking to
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audience that already a pretty good grasp on the terminology and concepts of geology The readers that he s after in this book are the ones who used to be called rock hounds when they were kids and who know a gneiss from a granite Which I technically speaking do notWhile I do love science and find the whole history of plate tectonics fascinating I never got into geology as deeply as I did other sciences And that s not to say that I never will if anything this book made me look closely at the rocks I see around me and wonder at their provenance The granite facing of buildings all the way to the simple sand of a baseball field they re all ancient in different ways and have fascinating stories When I read the book though I was lacking in a certain ntry level understanding of the science and that was probably what made it such a tough book to get throughSo if you re a rock hound or know someone who is pick up a copy of this book If you like to break your brain thinking about the vast Wicked Loving Lies expanses of time reuired to make a planet on which Homo sapiens can be the species it always wanted to be this is the book for you If you are having trouble getting to sleep and you aren t fond of using medication to send you off to slumberland well This book probably wouldn t hurt Who d have thought that a book about rocks would be so compelling I uite literally sat up at night reading this till 2 am over various nights Richard Forteyxplains why the continents have their shape and form In doing so he describes how paleogeologists worked out the system of tectonic plates that undergird this world I ve known about tectonic plates and supercontinents and that stuff from school textbooks but Fortey makes it fascinating and compelling because he structures La heredera del mar each chapter by looking at thevidence of the rocks in a particular area and from that vidence describes how geologists worked out how That Area Must Have Been area must have been up From the basic premise that physical ffects of rosion and heat metamorphosis of rocks that we can observe now worked in the same way and at the same rate in the past he shows us how paleogeologists worked out how the continents have their present form working back 45 billion years to the creation and breaking up and recreation of multiple supercontinents over the course of Deep Time It s like a detective story but for rocks and all buoyed up with lush prose on the landscapes before him The only thing that I would have loved to have had was videos to accompany the text But that is what youtube is for I guess Mind officially boggled now As with Fortey s other books I really njoyed this and that seems important with this one since it s about geology which is not something that s ver been a particular interest of mine Fortey has a discursive conversational style while still getting in a lot of information and technical language And in all of his books it s a sort of travelogue too which is uite interestingIt s hardly a completely xhaustive history of Earth but it takes Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One exemplars from various geographies and shows how they apply to the whole of the planet It works uite well though it is still a pretty dense book This book is as informative as boring as glimpsing through anncylopedia I struggled so much to Xenophon And His World (Historia Einzelschriften) end it and towards the last bits I was worried I didn tnjoy reading ANYTHING at all to test that I started the first chapter of In Europe by Geert Mak and immediatly relievedA few complaints If only the book included some graphics and maps it would have be. Ed spark the science of geology and Geography of the Gaze: Urban and Rural Vision in Early Modern Europe ending in a lab in the West of England where mathematical models and labxperiments replace direct observation Richard Fortey tells us what the present says about ancient geologic processes He shows how plate tect.

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