The Earth After Us: What legacy will humans leave in the rocks?

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OUP Oxford, Sep 10, 2009 - Science - 266 pages
What would alien visitors in the far future, piecing together the history of earth, find of our brief reign? What clues will we leave? What fossils? Just as we have gained knowledge of the past, of ancient climates and the activities of creatures long dead, so too might they decode the rocks. The Earth After Us takes a novel approach to show how geologists unravel the information in the rocks. As the alien scientists start investigating the strata, what story will they tell of us? What kind of fossils will humans leave behind? What will happen to cities, cars, and plastic cups? How thick a layer will the 'human stratum' be? And will it be obvious which species dominated the planet?
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Prologue
1Perspective
2100 Million Years AD
3The Strata Machine
4Tectonic Escalator
5High Water Low Water
6Dynasties
7Echoes
8Traces
9Body of Evidence
10Meeting the People
Further Reading
Index
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Jan Zalasiewicz is a lecturer in Geology at the University of Leicester. A field geologist, palaeontologist and statigrapher, he teaches various aspects of geology and Earth history to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has published over a hundred papers in scientific journals.

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