Here on Earth

Here on Earth

A Natural History of the Planet

eBook - 2011
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Beginning at the moment of creation with the Big Bang, Here on Earth explores the evolution of Earth from a galactic cloud of dust and gas to a planet with a metallic core and early signs of life within a billion years of being created. In a compelling narrative, Flannery describes the formation of the Earth's crust and atmosphere, as well as the transformation of the planet's oceans from toxic brews of metals (such as iron, copper, and lead) to life-sustaining bodies covering 70 percent of the planet's surface. Life, Flannery shows, first appeared in these oceans in the form of microscopic plants and bacteria, and these metals served as catalysts for the earliest biological processes known to exist. From this starting point, Flannery tells the fascinating story of the evolution of our own species, exploring several early human species--from the diminutive creatures (the famed hobbits) who lived in Africa around two million years ago to Homo erectus--before turning his attention to Homo sapiens. Drawing on Charles Darwin's and Alfred Russell Wallace's theories of evolution and Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis, Here on Earth is a dazzling account of life on our planet.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2011
ISBN: 9780802195234
0802195237
9780802195609
0802195601
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jul 21, 2016

What a truly amazing book. Rarely have I encountered a book such as this that is capable of teaching me so many things new, Many things I had never thought of before. And then Flannery stitches all these new ideas together in a totally readable, enjoyable book. I must admit though, that as I read some of his passages from the book, such as for example where he suggests that the cultural glue that holds our society together is based on fast food and populist entertainment. I wonder whether Flannery was writing at least some of his book with his tongue planted firmly in his cheek. Just saying!

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Hanno
May 17, 2011

I think this book is brilliant and explains our situation on this planet better than anything else I have read so far. It should be compulsary reading for all grade 12th students.
If I were Bill Gates I would spend some of my millions on this book and make it available for free for anybody who wants it

debwalker Feb 24, 2011

Flannery, a world-renowned scientist, discoverer, environmental activist and author of The Weather Makers, posits that "humans and the earth system co-evolve in ways analogous to ecosystems and bodies," a co-evolution that is key to a sustainable future.

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