The World Without Us

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Macmillan, Aug 5, 2008 - Science - 416 pages
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If human beings disappeared instantaneously†from the Earth, what would happen? How would the planet reclaim its surface? What creatures would emerge from the dark and swarm? How would our treasured structures--our tunnels, our bridges, our homes, our monuments--survive the unmitigated impact of a planet without our intervention? In his revelatory, bestselling account, Alan Weisman draws on every field of science to present an environmental assessment like no other, the most affecting portrait yet of humankind's place on this planet.


  

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As a geologist, this book was very difficult to read. - Goodreads
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In a way I found this depressing premise hopeful. - Goodreads

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Dear Lord! Science is so damnably depressing! I lean on my fellow Mississippian's quote when he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely ... Read full review

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Contents

A Monkey Koan
1
A Lingering Scent of Eden
9
Unbuilding Our Home
17
The City Without Us
24
The World Just Before Us
47
The Lost Menagerie
65
The African Paradox
84
What Falls Apart
113
The World Without War
232
Wings Without Us
243
Hot Legacy
256
Our Geologic Record
279
Where Do We Go from Here?
301
Art Beyond Us
315
The Sea Cradle
328
Our Earth Our Souls
345

What Lasts
128
Polymers Are Forever
140
The Petro Patch
162
The World Without Farms
183
The Fate of Ancient and Modern Wonders of the World
217
Acknowledgments
355
Select Bibliography
371
Index
401
Copyright

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Alan Weisman is an award-winning journalist whose reports have appeared in Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Discover, and on NPR, among others. A former contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Magazine, he is a senior radio producer for Homelands Productions and teaches international journalism at the University of Arizona. His essay "Earth Without People" (Discover magazine, February 2005), on which The World Without Us expands, was selected for Best American Science Writing 2006.

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