The Ends of the World: Supervolcanoes, Lethal Oceans, and the Search for Past Apocalypses by Peter Brannen

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Title : The Ends of the World: Supervolcanoes, Lethal Oceans, and the Search for Past Apocalypses
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ISBN : 0062364820
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Steve rated it ★★★★★

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...

Becky rated it ★★★★★

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...

Holly rated it ★★★★☆

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....

Shannan rated it ★★★★★

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.

Andrew rated it ★★★★☆

March 02, 2017

*3.5 stars* 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...

Kerry rated it ★★★★★

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...

Tim rated it ★★★★★

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...

Chris rated it ★★★★★

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...

Sanjay rated it ★☆☆☆☆

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...

Elentarri rated it ★★★☆☆

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...

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