Reading the Rocks

Reading the Rocks

The Autobiography of the Earth

Book - 2006
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"To many, 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." "In Reading the Rock, geologist Marcia Bjornerud serves as the interpreter of the earth's "autobiography." She takes us on an eye-opening tour of deep time, explaining in crystal-clear language the chronicles of growth and change that lie beneath our feet. Both scientist and storyteller, Bjornerud uses anecdote and metaphor to remind us that our home is a living thing with many lessons to teach."--Hardcover jacket.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2006
ISBN: 9780813342498
081334249X
9780465006847
0465006841
Branch Call Number: 551 BJO
Characteristics: x, 237 p. ; 22 cm

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Apr 15, 2015

Terrific book.. if Feynman had been a geologist rather than a physicist he would have written like this... humorous but vivid similes used to explain key ideas; briskly paced; wide ranging. The last chapter, though, sounds a bit preachy.

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