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Author Bjornerud, Marcia.

Title Reading the rocks : the autobiography of the earth / Marcia Bjornerud
Published New York : Basic Books, 2006


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Description x, 237 pages ; 21 cm
Contents Prologue : stone crazy -- 1. The Tao of Earth -- 2. Reading rocks : a primer -- 3. The great and the small -- 4. Mixing and sorting -- 5. Innovation and conservation -- 6. Strength and weakness -- Epilogue : the once and future Earth
Summary "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."--Back cover
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references, pages 213-226
Subject Geology.
ISBN 0465006841 paperback
9780465006847 paperback