The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal

The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal As new groundbreaking research suggests that climate change played a major role in the most extreme catastrophes in the planet s history, award winning science journalist Peter Brannen takes us on a wild ride through the planet s five mass extinctions and, in the process, offers us a glimpse of our increasingly dangerous futureOur world has ended five times it has been broiled, frozen, poison gassed, smothered, and pelted by asteroids In The Ends of the World, Peter Brannen dives into deep time, exploring Earth s past dead ends, and in the process, offers us a glimpse of our possible future.Many scientists now believe that the climate shifts of the twenty first century have analogs in these five extinctions Using the visible clues these devastations have left behind in the fossil record, The Ends of the World takes us inside scenes of the crime, from South Africa to the New York Palisades, to tell the story of each extinction Brannen examines the fossil record which is rife with creatures like dragonflies the size of sea gulls and guillotine mouthed fish and introduces us to the researchers on the front lines who, using the forensic tools of modern science, are piecing together what really happened at the crime scenes of the Earth s biggest whodunits.Part road trip, part history, and part cautionary tale, The Ends of the World takes us on a tour of the ways that our planet has clawed itself back from the grave, and casts our future in a completely new light.

10 thoughts on “The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions

  1. Carlos Carlos says:

    What I expected a chronicle of major natural disasters through out known history, What I got a very frightening tale of the 5 major massive mass extinction Earth has gone through since life microbes ever emerged in this rock we call home The narrative of the book explains the causes of the massive extinctions and

  2. Bradley Bradley says:

    For what this book is, it is good.So what is it An accessible rundown of the events of the five great extinction events of the Earth s past Good for newcomers, decent for an update if it s been a few decades beyond your previous encounter with possible extinction causes remember the debates surrounding the Cambrian and ent

  3. Trish Trish says:

    This book was quite different form what I had expected For one, the author doesn t go too much into detail when it comes to describing the different time periods Rather, we get short descriptions followed by how the period ended and most of that is speculation anyway.We start almost at the Big Bang before we rush through the differ

  4. Steve Steve says:

    Great science writing that reads like a mystery novelI loved this book It has everything I like about great science writing, including clear explanations of the science, personal anecdotes and a sense of humor Even , the way the story is structured, it reads like a mystery novel and among the suspects are volcanoes and asteroids This made t

  5. Holly Holly says:

    First, this is interesting and entertaining albeit in a perverse way , with a friendly tone but unapologetic specificity, about the five catastrophic massive extinction events and how life on earth emerged again each time, in weird and bizarre forms and in processes that took millions of years That is the point extinctions happen and these are incom

  6. Atila Iamarino Atila Iamarino says:

    Daqueles livros bem escritos que o autor vai dando dicas da conclus o e voc fica todo orgulhoso de ter chego nela antes N o pq esperto, mas porque a linha de pensamento bem clara Uma passada muito boa pelo que cada grande extin o do passado foi, quais evid ncias temos delas, o papel de cada fator haja vulc es e o que controverso O livro vai crescendo na expl

  7. Lindsay Lindsay says:

    A science journalist travels all over the world talking to paleontologists and geologists and visiting sights that illuminate the various ends of geological epochs in the deep history of Earth By looking at he major mass extinctions on Earth through geologic time it also focuses on the individual events and their similarities There s also a very strong discussion on

  8. Hank Hank says:

    Geology is boring The rocks don t move, they are rock colored basically they are just good for throwing At least that is what I thought until reading this Brannen has done an unimaginably good job at bringing all things geology, paleo , geochemistry and all the other subjects I avoid to life His ability to weave so many different ideas and science into a coherent book is awes

  9. Lata Lata says:

    Ancient history fascinates me, and no, I m not talking about human ancient history I m referring to the life of this planet And it s been a seriously turbulent, nasty place periodically Science journalist Peter Brannen takes us through several major developments on this planet While this includes the slow development of life in all its many weird and wonderful forms over the millenia

  10. Cathy (cathepsut) Cathy (cathepsut) says:

    The book has enjoyable stretches, but in total was really too boring to keep my interest Strange, really, considering that I am interested in paleontology, love to watch documentaries about Earth s history volcanos, movement of tectonic plates, various critters, etc and frequently read about climate change and sustainability topics Not sure if it s me or the book I sometimes disliked the flip

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