A Wilder Time: Notes from a Geologist at the Edge of the by William E. Glassley PDF

By William E. Glassley

“Very few humans have spent as a lot time as William E. Glassley in such deep desolate tract. So it can behoove us to concentrate whether he had now not introduced again this kind of attention-grabbing, gorgeous, and helpful set of observations. this can be a amazing book.” —Bill McKibben, writer of The finish of Nature and Oil and Honey

“The profound secret of our residing Earth saturates this memorable book.” —John Elder, coeditor of The Norton e-book of Nature Writing and writer of Picking Up the Flute

Greenland, one of many final actually wild locations, features a treasure trove of knowledge on Earth’s early historical past embedded in its pristine panorama. Over quite a few seasons, William E. Glassley and fellow geologists traveled there to assemble samples and become aware of rock formations for proof to turn out a contested conception that plate tectonics, the move of Earth’s crust over its molten center, is a way more historical procedure than a few believed. As their study drove the scientists ever farther into areas slightly explored by way of people for millennia—if ever—Glassley encountered wondrous creatures and common phenomena that gave him unforeseen perception into the origins of fable, the virtues and limits of technological know-how, and the significance of looking the desolate tract within.

An invitation to adventure a wide ranging position and the attention-grabbing technological know-how at the back of its construction, A Wilder Time is nature writing at its best.

William E. Glassley is a geologist on the collage of California, Davis, and an emeritus researcher at Aarhus collage, Denmark, targeting the evolution of continents and the procedures that energize them. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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