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The Resource A wilder time : notes from a geologist at the edge of the Greenland ice, William E. Glassley

A wilder time : notes from a geologist at the edge of the Greenland ice, William E. Glassley

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A wilder time : notes from a geologist at the edge of the Greenland ice
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A wilder time
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notes from a geologist at the edge of the Greenland ice
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William E. Glassley
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eng
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Greenland, one of the last truly wild places, contains a treasure trove of information on Earth's early history embedded in its pristine landscape. Over numerous seasons, William E. Glassley and two fellow geologists traveled there to collect samples and observe rock formations for evidence to prove a contested theory that plate tectonics, the movement of Earth's crust over its molten core, is a much more ancient process than some believed. As their research drove the scientists ever farther into regions barely explored by humans for millennia--if ever--Glassley encountered wondrous creatures and natural phenomena that gave him unexpected insight into the origins of myth, the virtues and boundaries of science, and the importance of seeking the wilderness within. An invitation to experience a breathtaking place and the fascinating science behind its creation, A Wilder Time is nature writing at its best
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  • Glassley, a geologist at the University of California at Davis and an emeritus researcher at Aarhus University, Denmark, retraces his several expeditions to Greenland alongside Danish colleagues Kai Sørensen and John Korstgård in this thoughtful volume about how his scientific work shifted his perspective on notions of wilderness. The men spent weeks camped out and “isolated from the rest of humanity” to sample, photograph, and measure ancient bedrock. Though their scientific interests were purely academic, Glassley says, their experiences were “almost mystical.” Glassley divides his narrative into three primary sections, each featuring observations that helped to change his perception of Greenland’s vast terrain. The first part, “Fractionation,” deals with ways in which Glassley’s expectations had been altered. In the second, “Consolidation,” he comes to terms with the reality that “ignorance is an integral part of being aware.” The third, “Emergence,” contains “small epiphanies about our place in existence.” Glassley documents his observations, spending considerable time and effort among “rolling outcrops, tundra plains and pockets, massive rock walls and glaciated peaks.” Evincing humility in the midst of the great “unshaped wild,” Glassley exudes a palpable and infectious sense of wonder that is bound to draw contemplative readers. Maps. Agent: Malaga Baldi, Baldi Agency. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed 12/18/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 52, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A veteran geologist recounts time spent studying Greenland's remarkable landscape during a series of six expeditions. Glassley's (Geology/Univ. of California, Davis; Geothermal Energy: Renewable Energy and the Environment, 2010, etc.) exploration of Greenland's wilderness and the "emotional truths" it contains is profound and moving. This is a rich reading experience for those interested in one of the few remaining truly wild places and how humans relate to it. Glassley's narrative "unfolds in three parts, each part containing a suite of formative sensory experiences that shifted my perceptions." The author's writing skills are such that even those lacking any knowledge about Greenland or the science of geology will be readily transported to one of the world's most exotic locations. Though the titles of the sections—Fractionation, Consolidation, and Emergence—may sound daunting to some general readers, Glassley expertly combines understandable explanations (and a helpful glossary) with a beautiful, lyrical prose. Whether he is writing about the magnitude of the landscape, the silence that permeates each day, mirages, lichen, falcons, gulls, ptarmigan, fish, ice, or tidal currents, his descriptions capture the majesty of the area. Just as captivating are Glassley's detailed explanations of the complex geologic processes that formed this incredible environment. He conveys the significance of shear zones, straight belts, "root" zones, and the feeling of standing in the middle of a molten rock chamber formed 65 million years ago 10 miles below the surface of the Earth. The author's final thoughts regarding the preservation of wilderness are especially poignant within our current turbulent environmental, political, and cultural arenas. "With infinite hubris," he writes, "the modern world is imposing the consequences of its industrial avarice on lifestyles it knows nothing of. The moral bankruptcy of the rationalizations for the destruction of wilderness and the people who live in harmony with it is staggering." A superb tool for a better understanding of the natural world and why real science matters. (Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2017)
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Glassley, William E
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559.8/2
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  • illustrations
  • maps
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • Geology
  • Geology
  • Climatic changes
  • Climatic changes
  • Ice cores
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  • Geology
  • Geology
  • Ice cores
  • SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geology
  • Greenland
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notes from a geologist at the edge of the Greenland ice
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A wilder time : notes from a geologist at the edge of the Greenland ice, William E. Glassley
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Includes bibliographical references (page 223)
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Impressions I. Fractionation. Silence ; Mirage ; Breaking stones ; Cladonia rangiferina ; Falcon -- Impressions II. Consolidation. The sun wall ; Bird cries and myths ; Ptarmigan ; Clear water ; A river of fish -- Impressions III. Emergence. Tide ; Clockwork pebbles ; Ice ; Seal ; Belonging -- Impressions IV -- Epilogue
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1914568
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19 cm
Edition
First edition.
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223 pages
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9781942658344
Lccn
2017005087
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9781942658344
  • (OCoLC)971893075
Label
A wilder time : notes from a geologist at the edge of the Greenland ice, William E. Glassley
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 223)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Impressions I. Fractionation. Silence ; Mirage ; Breaking stones ; Cladonia rangiferina ; Falcon -- Impressions II. Consolidation. The sun wall ; Bird cries and myths ; Ptarmigan ; Clear water ; A river of fish -- Impressions III. Emergence. Tide ; Clockwork pebbles ; Ice ; Seal ; Belonging -- Impressions IV -- Epilogue
Control code
1914568
Dimensions
19 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
223 pages
Isbn
9781942658344
Lccn
2017005087
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781942658344
  • (OCoLC)971893075

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