Notes from Deep Time: A Journey Through Our Past and Future Worlds (Hardback)Helen Gordon (author)
A remarkable investigation into the earth’s history and the vast mysteries of deep time, Gordon’s volume ranges across continents as well as millennia and finds fascinating stories hidden within ancient rocks and tectonic plates.
The story of the Earth is written into our landscape: it's there in the curves of hills, the colours of stone, surprising eruptions of vegetation. Wanting a fresh perspective on her own life, the writer Helen Gordon set out to read that epic narrative.
Her odyssey takes her from the secret fossils of London to the 3-billion-year-old rocks of the Scottish Highlands, and from a state-of-the-art earthquake monitoring system in California to one of the world's most dangerous volcanic complexes, hidden beneath the green hills of Naples.
At every step, she finds that the apparently solid ground beneath our feet isn't quite as it seems. Join her to meet the unusual characters who are piecing this vast story together. Grapple with the theory that explains how it all works - plate tectonics, a break - through as significant as evolution or quantum physics but much younger than either, with many secrets still to reveal. And look ahead to the worlds to come, when only our traces will remain, enigmas for those who follow us. 'In deep time,' Gordon finds, 'everything is provisional. Bones become rock. Sands become mountains. Oceans become cities.' And life goes on.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 645 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 34 mm
'A book as multi-layered as the deep-time planet itself' - Sara Wheeler, author of Terra Incognita
'Notes From Deep Time is a marvel-rich masterclass of narrative non-fiction' - Max Porter
'Astounding ... To call this a "history" does not do justice to Helen Gordon's ambition. Her adventures in the deep time of Earth hark all the way back to its beginnings as a barren ocean planet, 4.4 billion years ago, while keeping one foot firmly planted in the depleted and desertified plaything we're left with today ...' - Simon Ings, The Daily Telegraph
'Awe-inspiring ... It's Gordon's background as a literary writer that takes Notes From Deep Time to the next level. She has imbued geological tales with a beauty and humanity' - Shaoni Bhattacharya-Woodward, The Mail on Sunday
'Helen Gordon's wonderfully expansive book encompasses a paradoxical fluidity, both tangible and immense, where human witnesses measure out deep time in golden spikes and ammonites, excavating lost seas and saurians for clues as to what we were and who we will be' - Philip Hoare, author of Leviathan
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