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|Title||:||The Ends of the World: Supervolcanoes, Lethal Oceans, and the Search for Past Apocalypses|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
June 06, 2017
Great science writing that reads like a mystery novel
I 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 more, the way the story is structured, it reads like a mystery novel and among t...
May 11, 2017
Thanks to 25 years of visits to Yellowstone, I have developed a fascination with geology. This is one of the best books I've read on the subject. It includes the most detailed descriptions of the eras of Earth I have read in a book, other than a textbook. Because Brannen includes his reactions to...
July 29, 2017
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....
June 20, 2017
I read this book so fast. I have a warm spot for this type of book and the extinctions while not new to me were really brought to life. The author has a gift the keep it both scientific and engaging.
March 02, 2017
Gleefully apocalyptic. The worse the mass extinction, the more detail you get about the Dantesque hellishness that occasionally visits the earth.
Of course, there is a point to this. Mainly that the earth was quite well warmed by carbon at each mass extinction. Although, we have nothing...
February 07, 2017
Brannen is able to take complex events, break them down into understandable parts, and then describe how they interact; reconstructing the original event so that you understand it in all its complexity. He does this again and again, moving from the origin of the earth into the future constructing...
August 11, 2017
This was an excellent, very well written, and highly accessible popular science overview of the Big Five mass extinctions that occurred in earth’s prehistory (the most famous of “this gloomy fraternity” is the extinction event that ended the dinosaurs’ reign, one that has long captured the public...
August 08, 2017
This was a really good book about the five big mass extinctions the world has seen in the past – as well as a discussion on where we stand now (a possible sixth great mass extinction?) Really, the modern day problems are mentioned throughout the book – in part to give context and in part to notic...
July 19, 2017
This book is written in a horrible style, and it is poorly organized. Don't be fooled by the chapter titles, which suggest that each extinction event will be presented in sequential order. Good stuff can be found at the paragraph level, but the author is incapable of stringing two good paragraphs...
August 09, 2017
Peter Brannen explores the 5 great extinction events, and in the process offers the reader a glimpse of our future. Everything from striking meteors, supervolcanoes, anoxic oceans, ice-ages, heat-waves, plate tectonics, supercontinents, too many trees, and the role of carbon dioxide are discussed...