Ved 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 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 eally The Arena: An Offering to Contemporary Monasticism riveting I partially attribute this to the fact he covered such a wideange of subject matter in his book not all of it is interesting to everyone I for one am tired of faults and basalts too much geology on the west coastOverall a great book for people who want to know about geology but don t want a super technical explanation and want a lot of examples 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 Jewish Thought, Utopia, and Revolution really hard time skipping parts of books I feel like I have toead the whole thing 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 A Kangaroo's Life 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 obvious enthusiasm for the subject He s a paleontologist by trade but his era of expertise 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 universe 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 justecently I saw a warning the Mercury was in etrograde and that such apparent motion would spell disaster in communications elated 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 Filosofía e inmanencia really going onFortey knows it s theocksNot just the garden variety ones you pick up in your garden no the The Monacan Indian Nation of Virginia: The Drums of Life realocks The gneiss and the schist and the granite the great lumbering tectonic plates elentless in their motion across the face of the Earth carrying the continents on their backs The churning unknowable mantle that holds it all up evealing only the tiniest glimpses of itself through the effluvium 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 Murder in Gutenthal raised and lowered mountains created and unmade deserts a hundred times over Theich and 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 engine of plate tectonics Billions of years of One of Our Thursdays Is Missing relentless motion of continents smashing into each other coming apart and then colliding again have conspired to create the thin almost evanescent period of time in which we live And it will continue long after we are gone without ever 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 thativaled the Alps and the Himalayas that they were the product of not the most On the Field of Glory: an Historical Novel of the Time of King John Sobieski recent supercontinent Gondwana nor the one before that Laurasia The gentleolling 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 Lassie Come-Home rain wore them down to what they are today but they stand as evidence of Earth s deep history Though not uite as old as the Grenvilleocks of Central Park The People from the Sea 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 events are slow and hard to picture in our minds 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 sitight now and the utterly alien environment 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 St Lucy's Home For Girls Raised By Wolves 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 times. Ed spark the science of geology and ending in a lab in the West of England where mathematical models and lab experimentseplace direct observation Richard Fortey tells us what the present says about ancient geologic processes He shows how plate tect.
Pan that we simple humans cannot truly graspAnd he does have an 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 the exhalations of the magmatic unconscious In eminding us that the movements of the Earth determine where we can live what animals we can aise and what crops we can grow he says The geological Unconscious cannot be denied for it still guides the way we use the land and Mr. Majeika and the Dinner Lady and Mr. Majeika and the Music Teacher rules the plough We are all in thrall to the underworld Finally in a phrase that evoked Sagan in my mind s ear 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 keepeading about the manner in which the Colorado River cut through the ever Twilight of the Idols rising plateau through which it coursed The book I believe skirts the edge of Popular Science and Specialist Science Fortey doesn t skimp on the technical language and seems to be talking to an audience that already has a pretty good grasp on the terminology and concepts of geology Theeaders that he s after in this book are the ones who used to be called Ninth City Burning (War of the Realms, 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 theocks 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 Der Ritter und die Bastardtochter re all ancient in different ways and have fascinating stories When Iead the book though I was lacking in a certain entry level understanding of the science and that was probably what made it such a tough book to get throughSo if you Chinaberries and Crows re aock hound or know someone who is pick up a copy of this book If you like to break your brain thinking about the vast expanses of time euired 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 I am not very fond of geology but the beautiful poetic style of Richard Fortey s prose makes this book a joy to ead For example he writes The cycles of the earth the generation and destruction of plates probably happened andante cantabile Blessed Are the Wicked rather than largoFortey interleaves poetry among his prose and thereby shows his overwhelming enthusiasm for geology though I could have done with a bit less of the poetry He shows his enthusiasms in other ways too by announcing where his personal interests lie There are noocks 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 eally missing the point Fortey shows how ethnic cultures have been guided by the local geological structures By making personal observations from his travels he shows the extent to which geology has shaped human experience This book is as informative as boring as glimpsing through an encylopedia I struggled so much to end it and towards the last bits I was worried I didn t enjoy eading ANYTHING at all to test that I started the first chapter of In Europe by Geert Mak and immediatly elievedA few complaints If only the book included some graphics and maps it would have been much easy absorbing to ead With the plain text you just could not imagine the fieldThe writing is not academic lack of eferences section proves that tough that did not make things any easier On the contrary I was hoping that I would ead about the geography in the field in the everyday 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 A fascinating book although as someone with no background in geology I sometimes found it a struggle I suspect there is an editing problem although often well calibrated for a lay Reform, Red Scare, and Ruin reader in several chapters I found myself wondering how many layeader would Grauwacht really be interested or engaged in that section Generally though it was tremendously engaging and informative It gave me a much deeper appreciation for the tremendous dynamism and powerful processes shaping the earth and often did it uite poetically. Onics came toule the geophysical landscape and how the 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.
Who d have thought that a book about ocks would be so compelling I uite literally sat up at night eading this till 2 am over various nights Richard Fortey explains 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 each chapter by looking at the evidence of the Lies, Damned Lies, and History rocks in a particular area and from that evidence describes how geologists worked out how that area must have been built up From the basic premise that physical effects of erosion and heat metamorphosis ofocks that we can observe now worked in the same way and at the same The New World 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 andecreation of multiple supercontinents over the course of Deep Time It s like a detective story but for You Wouldn't Want to Be an Inca Mummy!: A One-way Journey You'd Rather Not Make 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 Fortey s love of geologyeally comes through in this work It was both fascinating and insightful The pictures were great the timeline was not linear so it eally kept a good pacing It kind of meandered around topics and points of interest on the earths crust similar to how your mind would analyze a problem A wonderful edition truly Essentially about plate tectonics in this book we travel over and inside the 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 anges subduction zones different oceans and supercontinents everything you want to know about how the earth came to be as it is now Fortey did a lot of traveling himself and his personal stories are interwoven in this beautifully written tale of our planet I did need some serious Google Earth traveling to take it all in but that only adds to understanding and appreciating this book Looking forward to eading Trilobite 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 evenly 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 end of July under the impression or at least with the hopes that it would be a general chronological overview of the formation of the Earth the changes it has experienced and their causes etc However Fortey has completely changed my perception of geology and edeemed my mal expectations Fortey s erudition and admirable life of scientific fieldwork fills in the cracks between bundles of crunchy geology basics Through dozens of eal world examples he illustrates the fascinating fundamentals of plate tectonics often also tying in not only the exceedingly clever techniues geologists have used to move ever closer to the truth of the matter but even peaks at the personalities of the geologists behind the discoveries If you don t know how fascinating geology is or if you are interested but haven t looked into the subject much I would offer my ecommendation for Earth Without being Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land repetitive or overbearing he illustrates how incomprehensibly slow and massive geological processes are and how they have shaped so much of our world An excellent concentration of knowledge on a subject essential to aational understanding of the UniverseThere are a couple of issues on which I would have liked further clarification but with Wikipedia handy for further investigation and Einführung in die germanistische Linguistik recent data I can t imagine a much better Geology 101 book We ll see however as wee クロネコ彼氏の甘え方 [Kuroneko Kareshi no Amaekata] reading Marcia Bjornerud s Reading the Rocks The Autobiography of the Earth winter term in Freshman Studies which seems to be the same book minus 150 pages or so As with Fortey s other books Ieally enjoyed this and that seems important with this one since it s about geology which is not something that s ever 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 exhaustive history of Earth but it takes 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 I eally liked the subject material in this book and I liked the fact he used a lot of easy to understand examples but I think he talked a little too long about some of them I would have lo. In Earth the acclaimed author of Trilobite and Life takes us on a grand tour of the earth’s physical past showing how the history of plate tectonics is etched in the landscape around us Beginning with Mt Vesuvius whose eruption in Roman times help.
Richard Fortey is a senior paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London and a Fellow of the Royal Society He was Collier Professor in the Public Understanding of Science and Technology at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bristol in 2002 His books have been widely acclaimed Life A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth Knopf was short