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Author Alvarez, Walter, 1940-

Title The mountains of Saint Francis : discovering the geologic events that shaped our earth / Walter Alvarez
Edition First edition
Published New York : W.W. Norton, 2009


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 MELB  551.7 Alv/Mos  AVAILABLE
Description xiii, 304 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents Assisi in the winter -- An invitation to Rome -- Witness to the volcanic fires of Rome -- The quest for the ancient Tiber River -- Siena, and the discovery of earth history -- Gubbio and the chronology of the past -- From winter storm to earth storm -- Rocks for building a mountain range -- Distant thunder from the Alps -- The approach of destiny -- Paroxysm in the Apennines -- Tearing the Apennines apart -- Salt crisis -- Beyond plate tectonics -- Return to Assisi
Summary Walter Alvarez and his team made one of the most astonishing scientific discoveries of the twentieth century--that an asteroid smashed into the earth 65 million years ago, exterminating the dinosaurs. Alvarez had the first glimmer of that amazing insight when he noticed something odd in a rock outcrop in central Italy. Alvarez now returns to that rich terrain, this time to take the reader on an excavation of the earth's distant past. We encounter the volcanoes that formed the Seven Hills of Rome; majestic limestone mountains that formed millions of years ago under water; and the evidence that the Mediterranean Sea completely evaporated to a sunken desert, perhaps several times, and that continental plates once overran one another to form the Alps. In Alvarez's telling, all major geologic episodes are as dramatic as the great impact that killed the dinosaurs, even when they happen over eons and without huge creatures to witness them.--From publisher description
Notes Formerly CIP
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Audience Adult
Subject Geology -- History.
ISBN 9780393061857 hardback