The Earth After Us: What legacy will humans leave in the rocks?

Paperback | October 10, 2009

byJan Zalasiewicz

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What would alien visitors in the far future, piecing together the history of earth, find of our brief reign? What clues will we leave? What fossils? Just as we have gained knowledge of the past, of ancient climates and the activities of creatures long dead, so too might they decode the rocks.The Earth After Us takes a novel approach to show how geologists unravel the information in the rocks. As the alien scientists start investigating the strata, what story will they tell of us? What kind of fossils will humans leave behind? What will happen to cities, cars, and plastic cups? Howthick a layer will the 'human stratum' be? And will it be obvious which species dominated the planet?

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What would alien visitors in the far future, piecing together the history of earth, find of our brief reign? What clues will we leave? What fossils? Just as we have gained knowledge of the past, of ancient climates and the activities of creatures long dead, so too might they decode the rocks.The Earth After Us takes a novel approach t...

Jan Zalasiewicz is a lecturer in Geology at the University of Leicester. A field geologist, palaeontologist and statigrapher, he teaches various aspects of geology and Earth history to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has published over a hundred papers in scientific journals.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.03 inPublished:October 10, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199214980

ISBN - 13:9780199214983

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Table of Contents

Prologue1. Perspective2. 100 Million Years AD3. The Strata Machine4. Tectonic Escalator5. High Water, Low Water6. Dynasties7. Echoes8. Traces9. Body of Evidence10. Meeting the PeopleFurther reading

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"I highly recommend this book for geoscientists in general." --William R Ruddiman. Nature Geoscience. 10/2008