The Mountains of Saint Francis: Discovering the Geologic Events That Shaped Our Earth

Title

The Mountains of Saint Francis: Discovering the Geologic Events That Shaped Our Earth

Authors

Walter Alvarez

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Modern geologists, Walter Alvarez among them, showed in the last decades of the twentieth century that the history of our planet has witnessed events profoundly more dramatic than even the most spectacular chapters in human history. More violent than wars, more life altering than revolutions―understanding the geologic events that have shaped the Earth's surface is the quest and the passion of geologists. In the knowledgeable and graceful prose of Alvarez, general readers are led to explore the many mysteries that our planet guards.

The author has chosen Italy as a microcosm in which to explore this amazing past for several reasons. First, it is the land where the earliest geologists learned how to read the history of the Earth, written in nature’s rock archives. Second, it is where Alvarez and his Italian geological friends have continued to decipher the rock record, uncovering more historical episodes from the Earth’s past. And third, the lovely land of Italy is unusually rich in geological treasures and offers examples of the key processes that have created the landscapes of the entire world.

ISBN

978-0-393-06185-7

Publication Date

1-1-2009

Publisher

W. W. Norton & Company

Disciplines

Earth Sciences | History

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