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The Resource The ends of the world : volcanic apocalypses, lethal oceans, and our quest to understand Earth's past mass extinctions, Peter Brannen

The ends of the world : volcanic apocalypses, lethal oceans, and our quest to understand Earth's past mass extinctions, Peter Brannen

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The ends of the world : volcanic apocalypses, lethal oceans, and our quest to understand Earth's past mass extinctions
Title
The ends of the world
Title remainder
volcanic apocalypses, lethal oceans, and our quest to understand Earth's past mass extinctions
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Peter Brannen
Title variation
ends of the world
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volcanic apocalypses, lethal oceans, and our quest to understand Earths past mass extinctions
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Language
eng
Summary
"A vivid tour of Earth's Big Five mass extinctions, the past worlds lost with each, and what they all can tell us about our not-too-distant future. Was it really an asteroid that killed the dinosaurs? Or carbon dioxide-driven climate change? In fact, scientists now suspect that climate change played a major role not only in the end of the age of dinosaurs, but also in each of the five most deadly mass extinctions in the history of the planet. Struck by the implications of this for our own future, Peter Brannen, along with some of the world's leading paleontologists, dives into deep time, exploring each of Earth's five dead ends, and in the process, offers us a glimpse of what's to come. Using the visible clues these extinctions have left behind in the fossil record, The Ends of the World takes us inside the "scenes of the crime," from South Africa's Karoo Desert to the New York Palisades, to tell the story of each extinction. Brannen examines the fossil record--which is rife with fantastic creatures like dragonflies the size of seagulls and guillotine-mouthed fish--and introduces us to the researchers on the frontlines who, using the forensic tools of modern science, are piecing together what really happened at the sites of Earth's past devastations. As our civilization continues to test the wherewithal of our climate, we need to figure out where the hard limits are before it's too late. Part road trip, part history, and part cautionary tale, The Ends of the World takes us on a tour of the ways that our planet has clawed itself back from the grave, allowing us to better understand our future by shining a light on our past."--Dust jacket
Summary
A vivid tour of Earth's five mass extinctions profiles the vibrant worlds that were destroyed and rebuilt during each cycle, explaining what today's scientists are learning from ancient fossils about 21st-century climate change
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10564912
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YDX
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1983-
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Brannen, Peter
Dewey number
576.8/4
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QE721.2.E97
LC item number
B73 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Mass extinctions
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Climatic changes
  • SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change
  • NATURE / Natural Disasters
  • SCIENCE / Paleontology
  • Climatic changes
  • Mass extinctions
  • Paleoclimatology
Target audience
adult
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volcanic apocalypses, lethal oceans, and our quest to understand Earth's past mass extinctions
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The ends of the world : volcanic apocalypses, lethal oceans, and our quest to understand Earth's past mass extinctions, Peter Brannen
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-308) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Beginnings -- The end-Ordovician mass extinction -- The late Devonian mass extinction -- The end-Permian mass extinction -- The end-Triassic mass extinction -- The end-Cretaceous mass extinction -- The end-Pleistocene mass extinction -- The near future -- The last extinction
Control code
ocn959036926
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780062364807
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
(OCoLC)959036926
Label
The ends of the world : volcanic apocalypses, lethal oceans, and our quest to understand Earth's past mass extinctions, Peter Brannen
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-308) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Beginnings -- The end-Ordovician mass extinction -- The late Devonian mass extinction -- The end-Permian mass extinction -- The end-Triassic mass extinction -- The end-Cretaceous mass extinction -- The end-Pleistocene mass extinction -- The near future -- The last extinction
Control code
ocn959036926
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780062364807
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
(OCoLC)959036926

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