Snowball Earth: The Story of the Global Catastrophe That Spawned Life As We Know It

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A&C Black, Aug 24, 2009 - Science - 288 pages

Did the Earth once undergo a super ice age, one that froze the entire planet? A global adventure story and a fascinating account of scientist Paul Hoffman's quest to prove his maverick 'Snowball Earth' theory, this is science writing at its most gripping.

In SNOWBALL EARTH, Gabrielle Walker takes us on a thrilling natural history expedition in search of supporting evidence for the audacious theory which argues that the Earth experienced a climatic cataclysm 600 million years ago that froze the entire planet from the poles to the equator. Because the global snowball happened so long ago the ice has now long gone - but it left its traces in rocks around the world and in order to see the evidence, Walker visited such places as Australia, Namibia, South Africa and Death Valley, USA. Part adventure story and part travel book, it's a tale of the ultimate human endeavour to understand our origins.


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SNOWBALL EARTH: The Story of the Great Global Catastrophe that Spawned Life as We Know It

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New Scientist editor Walker looks at the hottest issue in geology: whether or not the Earth of some 700 million years ago was covered in ice.The prime mover in this debate is Paul Hoffman, a Harvard ... Read full review

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One wouldn't think that a book about a radical geological theory could be described as thrilling, but Walker (natural sciences, Cambridge Univ.), a contributing editor at New Scientist, has ... Read full review


ONE First Fumblings
TWO The Sheltering Desert
THREE In The Beginning
FOUR Magnetic Moments
FIVE Eureka
SIX On The Road
SEVEN Down Under
EIGHT Snowbrawls
NINE Creation
TEN Ever Again

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GABRIELLE WALKER is a features editor for New Scientist and has also written for The Economist and a host of other publications. She lives in London.

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