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Published: 10 September 2009

266 Pages


ISBN: 9780199214983

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The Earth After Us

What legacy will humans leave in the rocks?

Jan Zalasiewicz

  • This book imagines the world 100 million years from now - a novel perspective of our reign on Earth, and looks at what future aliens may find as they piece together the history of the planet from the rocks
  • Uses this approach to show the difficulties of interpreting the Earth's past history from the rocks, and explains the ingenious ways in which geologists and palaeontologists work
  • Provides a novel way at looking at geological processes and mechanisms - from fossilization to plate tectonics
  • Asks intriguing questions, such as what kind of fossils will humans leave behind? What will happen to cities, roads, cars, and plastic cups? How thick a layer would the nullhuman stratumnull be? And what clues might the rocks reveal about our demise as a species?
  • Provides a unique perspective on environmental change - and argues that the geological legacy of Homo sapiens will provide the ultimate verdict on our species and on our relationship with the planet