Apocalyptic Planet

Apocalyptic Planet

Field Guide to the Everending Earth

eBook - 2012
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The earth has died many times, and it always comes back looking different. In an exhilarating, surprising exploration of our planet, Craig Childs takes readers on a firsthand journey through apocalypse, touching the truth behind the speculation. Apocalyptic Planet In this riveting narrative, Childs makes clear that ours is not a stable planet, that it is prone to sudden, violent natural disasters and extremes of climate. Alternate futures, many not so pretty, are constantly waiting in the wings. Childs refutes the idea of an apocalyptic end to the earth and finds clues to its more inevitable end in some of the most physically challenging places on the globe. He travels from the deserts of Chile, the driest in the world, to the genetic wasteland of central Iowa to the site of the drowned land bridge of the Bering Sea, uncovering the micro-cataclysms that predict the macro: forthcoming ice ages, super-volcanoes, and the conclusion of planetary life cycles. Childs delivers a sensual feast in his descriptions of the natural world and a bounty of unequivocal science that provides us with an unprecedented understanding of our future.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307907813
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvii, 343 pages)

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Jul 29, 2018

Lyrical, almost poetic, writing takes the sting out of what could be a thoroughly depressing subject. Couple that with the total insanity of some of the exploits described and this book becomes irresistible.

Feb 07, 2013

I really enjoyed this. It was interesting, engaging, and brought the science to a human level.

ChristchurchLib Dec 18, 2012

With five mass extinctions under its belt and a sixth currently underway, Earth is no stranger to disaster. Travelling the world in search of the planet's most extreme environments, science writer Craig Childs explores the planet's dynamic past -- e.g. the ancient watering hole that is now Mexico's Sonoran desert, the once ice-free plain now submerged beneath the Bering Sea -- in order to catch a glimpse of its future. However, unlike previous apocalyptic events, the latest is human-made, according to Childs, who visits such diverse locales as Northern Patagonia, where the world's last nonpolar glaciers are retreating in the face of climate change, and Iowa, whose biodiversity has been replaced, via genetically modified corn, by a monoculture where wildlife can no longer survive.

Nature and Science newsletter December 2012


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