How to Read a Rock The Wild Wander

How to Read a Rock

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Rocks are time machines and the keepers of our history. This guide is a geological field trip through Earth’s incredible rock formations and the stories they hold

Like rings on a tree stump hold the history of the tree, the history of Earth is written in its rocks. How to Read a Rock: Our Planet’s Hidden Stories teaches readers to decipher the rocks all around us, from backyard stones to mountain ranges, and trace Earth's history layer by layer.

Spanning from prehistoric Earth’s shifting continents, to contemporary human impact, to the future surfaces of space exploration, the book reviews a remarkable array of topics, including:
  • diamond volcanoes
  • ancient coastlines, rivers, deserts, and coral reefs
  • how animals have changed rocks
  • making of mud
  • urban rock strata
  • human-made rocks and minerals
  • current limestone rock crisis
  • technofossils (the footprints humans will leave behind through their material goods)
How to Read a Rock's brilliant imagery captures the power, majesty, and history of the planet. Rocks carry the memories of dinosaur landscapes and vanished oceans; show evidence of the greening of the planet and the effect of natural forces; and convey clues on climate and energy consumption. The book unearths the most fascinating stories rocks can tell us, not only about our past, but how the past can help imagine the future.

Author: Jan Zalasiewicz

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