Peter Brannen has the knack of opening up new worlds under our feet. What I expected: a chronicle of major natural disasters through out known history, What I got: a very frightening tale of the 5 major massive mass extinction Earth has gone through since life microbes ever emerged in this rock we call home. It includes the most detailed descriptions of the eras of Earth I have read in a book, other than a textbook. In each case, a large majority of species including plants, land life, sea life, and life in flight disappeared. On the other, the rate we're spewing is faster than anything ever recorded in geology. His ability to weave so many different ideas and science into a coherent book is awesome. Fun book with lots of amazing dinosaur facts and eye-popping descriptions of spectacular geological disasters that happened hundreds of millions of years ago.
Yes it crystallized from a basaltic magma but not at the surface. The earth has spent billions of years hiding carbon in pockets deep in the earth and we modern humans want to dig, drill, frack and otherwise remove all of that carbon so we can burn it and release it into the atmosphere and oceans and turn the earth into a pizza oven. 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. Or carbon dioxide-driven climate change? Putting nitrogen into the ocean. They point out the brutal truth: If humans continue on our fossil-fuel-burning suicidal march, we will probably destroy ourselves and much of life on Earth as well. 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.
It is up to us not to betray that great shining future humanity has been working for for centuries, up to us not to sell it for cheap coal and oil. While won a Pulitzer writing about humanity inevitably causing the next great extinction, Peter Brannen puts forward a very convincing evidence that renders this theory rather narcissistic. A cautionary tale for the future of our human age. About the Author Peter Brannen is an award-winning science journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, Washington Post, Slate, Boston Globe, Aeon, and others. However, to equal this phenomenon to the past five disruptive events is comparing apples to oranges. The author tries had to get people out of this mindset but humans do not deserve this planet.
There was forest-destroying acid rain and a landscape so barren that rivers had stopped winding. The climax of each was an extinction event. Mass extinction and the End. This book spans millions of years, and makes it clear that life survives almost everything, even though humans may not. Brannen is able to take complex events, break them down into understandable parts, and then describe how they interact; reconstructing the original event so that you understand it in all its complexity. Peter examines the current ecological problems of the world and sets it in context of the previous mass extinctions and enlarges the timescale from 100 years to million of years.
Brannen describes unimaginable floods, planet-scale catastrophes and incredible creatures that were once common. All in all with one difference, this time human mankind is the source and will need to acknowledge our destructive role we play on our planet. This is so fast that it would have traversed the distance from the cruising altitude of a 747 to the ground in 0. Then, the author describes the slow recovery of life and new forms coming into dominance. It includes the most detailed descriptions of the eras of Earth I have read in a book, other than a textbook. O livro vai crescendo na explicação e apontando os paralelos que fará com o momento em que vivemos. 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.
One — the late Devonian — took between 20 and 25 million years to play out; further evidence, if it were required, that the story of planet Earth is not the story of homo sapiens. Mainly that the earth was quite well warmed by carbon at each mass extinction. The dinosaurs were the apex species of this planet for almost 200 million years - they were the real winners and the losers. That's sobering and true when one thinks about it. Too much here strikes way too close to home. Many scientists now believe that the climate shifts of the twenty-first century have analogs in these five extinctions. The heart of This book is a well done telling of the story of Earth's five great extinctions.
About the Author Peter Brannen is an award-winning science journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, Washington Post, Slate, Boston Globe, Aeon, and others. Bottom of the food chain thing--turns up time and time again as a Bad Sign. As the asteroid collided with the earth, in the sky above it where there should have been air, the rock had punched a hole of outer space vacuum in the atmosphere. By looking at he major mass extinctions on Earth through geologic time it also focuses on the individual events and their similarities. All because of a few decades of deliberate blindness and unmatched greed, and for what? All in all, a fine work. All on its own, the episode qualifies as one of the top five worst mass extinctions ever, destroying 99 percent of the largest reefs the world has ever known. Really uplifting if you ask me.
Peter Brannen informs us in this fun rollick through deep history that there are so many more interesting ways to go. The content is important and worth learning about. He does this again and again, moving from the origin of the earth into the future constructing a view of earth's history that is breathtaking. They wanted us to know what they know. Just a stat: the oceans are 30% more acidic than they were at the start of the Industrial Revolution! This final catastrophe would emphatically end the period in an icy climax, taking out the top predators on the planet: heavily armored marine juggernauts that should be finalists on any short list for the scariest animals ever. There were sickly tides suffused with so much carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide that either poison would have sufficed as a killer in its own right.