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Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the WorldArtist/Author: Bjornerud, Marcia (Author), Haley Hagerman (Illustrator)
Few of us have any conception of the enormous timescales in our planet’s long history, and this narrow perspective underlies many of the environmental problems we are creating for ourselves. The passage of nine days, which is how long a drop of water typically stays in Earth’s atmosphere, is something we can easily grasp. But spans of hundreds of years – the time a molecule of carbon dioxide resides in the atmosphere – approach the limits of our comprehension. Our everyday lives are shaped by processes that vastly predate us and our habits will in turn have consequences that will outlast us by generations. Timefulness reveals how knowing the rhythms of Earth’s deep past and conceiving of time as a geologist does can give us the perspective we need for a more sustainable future.
Marcia Bjornerud shows how geologists chart the planet’s past, explaining how we can determine the pace of solid Earth processes such as mountain building and erosion and comparing them with the more unstable rhythms of the oceans and atmosphere. These overlapping rates of change in the Earth system – some fast, some slow – demand a poly-temporal worldview, one that Bjornerud calls “timefulness”. She explains why timefulness is vital in the Anthropocene, this human epoch of accelerating planetary change, and proposes sensible solutions for building a more time-literate society.
This compelling book presents a new way of thinking about our place in time that can enable us to make decisions on multigenerational timescales. The lifespan of Earth may seem unfathomable compared to the brevity of human existence. But this view of time denies our deep roots in Earth’s history – and the magnitude of our effects on the planet.
Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient AustraliaArtist/Author: Griffiths, Billy
‘Deftly weaving together biography, history and literature, an immense variety of Australian landscapes and ecologies with many and complex strands of archaeology, Griffiths brilliantly charts the history of modern Aboriginal archaeology in Australia……Rich and absorbing and at times spell-binding’ Grace Karskens
This book investigates a twin revolution: the reassertion of Aboriginal identity in the second half of the twentieth century and the uncovering of the traces of ancient Australia by pioneering archaeologists. It explores what it means to live in a place of great antiquity, with its complex questions of ownership and belonging.
‘Once every generation, a book comes along that marks the emergence of a powerful new literary voice and shifts our understanding of the nation’s past…. No other book has managed to convey the mystery and intricacy of Indigenous antiquity in quite the same way….’ Mark McKenna
The Geology of Australia (Third Edition)Artist/Author: Henderson, Robertr, David Johnson
The Geology of Australia documents the rich and spectacular heritage of the Australian continent over the last 4400 million years. Now in its third edition, The Geology of Australia provides a comprehensive overview of Australia’s geology, landscapes and Earth resources. Beginning with the Precambrian rocks that hold clues to the origins of life and the development of an oxygenated atmosphere, it goes on to cover the warm seas, volcanism and episodes of mountain building that formed the eastern third of the Australian continent. This illuminating history details the breakup of the supercontinents Rodinia and Gondwana, the times of previous glaciations, the development of climates and landscapes in modern Australia, and the creation of the continental shelves and coastlines. This third edition features two new chapters on geological time and Paleozoic orogenic rock systems and mountain building, and new and updated illustrations and full-colour images.
Shaping a Nation: A Geology of AustraliaArtist/Author: Blewett, Richard (Editor)
The story of a continent’s geological evolution as seen through the lens of human impacts. Exploring the geology, resources and landscapes of Australia, the book reveals how these have helped to shape this nation’s society, environment and wealth. Presented in a refreshingly non-linear format, the book summarises much of what we know about this country’s geological history, discussing the fossil record and evolution of life across the continent, describing its mineral and energy reserves, and revealing the significance of its coastal and groundwater systems.
The book also explores some of the challenges and opportunities presented by Australia’s rich geological heritage, and outlines the issues they present in Australian society today. Based on much of the latest science, the book reveals Australia’s expertise in the geosciences and reinforces the vital role they play in informing its present and future development.
In presenting the latest geoscientific knowledge, Shaping a Nation is vividly illustrated by technical drawings and figures and accompanied by stunning photography that reveals the extraordinary beauty of Australia’s geology and landscapes. For the avid reader, an accompanying DVD hosts extensive appendices, including supplementary reading and reference material, maps, movies and an interactive 3D model showcasing many geoscience datasets.