Reading the Rocks

Reading the Rocks

The Autobiography of the Earth

Geology Rocks. There. I said it. By the way, I still need a tshirt that says this very thing, because it’s true! Geology does rock! I very strongly considered getting a masters in this field. Sure, to a newbie rocks may seem like nothing special. But trust me, one good book on the subject and you’ll be smitten. Geology is the story of our world. It is the pages we write our story on. It is the base, the whole, the surrounding you’re so used to seeing you forget to stop and really look at it. Sadly, there are not many popular works to illustrate geology’s genius, I hope this one will be the ticket for you! A truly fascinating subject.

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About the Book

To many of us, 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. Fulbright Scholar Marcia Bjornerud takes the reader along on an eye-opening tour of Deep Time, explaining in elegant prose what we see and feel beneath our feet. Both scientist and storyteller, Bjornerud uses anecdotes and metaphors to remind us that our home is a living thing with lessons to teach. Containing a glossary and detailed timescale, as well as vivid descriptions and historic accounts, Reading the Rocks is literally a history of the world, for all friends of the Earth.

Series: Best Nonfiction Science Books
Genre: Nonfiction
ISBN: 9780465006847
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About the Author
Marcia Bjornerud

Marcia Bjornerud is a Professor and Chair of Geology at Lawrence University. She is a Fellow of the Geographical Society of America, and was a 2000-2001 Fulbright Scholar. She lives in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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