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Published: 02 November 2009

256 Pages | 10 B&W halftones & line drawings

5 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780199214983

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The Earth After Us

What Legacy Will Humans Leave in the Rocks?

Jan Zalasiewicz

  • An imaginative account of the world 100 million years from now, offering a novel perspective of our reign on Earth, suggesting what future aliens might find as they piece together the history of the planet from the rocks
  • Shows the difficulties of interpreting the Earth's past history from the rocks, and explains the ingenious ways in which geologists and paleontologists work
  • Reveals how the footprint of humanity--and hence of all our actions now--will never disappear from planet Earth
  • 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 "human stratum" 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