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"…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.
"…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.
"…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.
"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.