Books

Diamond Men (a novel)

Diamond Men cover

Money laundering. Secret bank accounts in the Cayman Islands. Murder. What do these things have to do with a respected engineer working at a remote diamond mine in Canada’s far north? Unknown to his colleagues, William Thompson has a secret: he’s leading a double life. But it’s a bargain with […]

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Why Geology Matters: Decoding the Past, Anticipating the Future

Why Geology Matters - Doug Macdougall

"…a wonderful primer on geology, and a clear explanation of how the science is done." — Columbus Dispatch

As implied by the title of this book, one of the reasons geology is so important is that by studying the earth's geological past we may be able to anticipate its future. We might not be able to predict everything that will happen, but understanding our planet's history gives us a foundation for making informed estimates.

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Nature’s Clocks: How Scientists Measure the Age of Almost Everything

Nature's Clocks - Doug Macdougall

"…a delightful study of how scientists figured out analytical techniques that revealed the history of the earth" — New Scientist

This is a book about time – specifically, geological time – and how it is measured. As a reviewer for the Washington Post put it, 'For time-conscious readers, Nature's Clocks provides satisfaction beyond measure.' I won't argue with that. Time can be an elusive concept. We all know what it is, or think we do, and we never have enough of it.

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Frozen Earth: The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages

Frozen Earth - Doug Macdougall

"…should be required reading for anyone interested in the future of the planet." — Times Higher Education Supplement

Ice ages have long fascinated us; witness their place in popular culture. Although perhaps not broadly realized, the effects of the most recent ice age – the Pleistocene Ice Age – are widespread, especially in the Northern Hemisphere.

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A Short History of Planet Earth – Mountains, Mammals, Fire & Ice

A Short History of Planet Earth - Doug Macdougall

"To compress Earth’s history into a single, lucidly written volume is a major achievement." — Starred review, Publisher’s Weekly

This was my first book. Until I wrote it, most of my writing had been in the form of research papers in my own specialty, geochemistry. But I had always been interested in communicating the excitement of the earth sciences to a broader audience, and this book provided an opportunity.

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