A personal survey of the Earth, for anyone who wants - in one place - a lovely, concise overview of the Earth, its history, its processes, and its future.. Autobiographies are unavoidably subjective accounts of past events, blurred by imperfect memory, limited by myopia, and edited for aesthetic, egotistical, or legal reasons. To write an autobiography requires consciousness of self, and this by definition precludes the possibility of creating an un-self-conscious, objective, and comprehensive chronicle. Yet there is one autobiography that has been written in this way: It is the Earth's own life story, written very literally, in stone. Over more than four billion years, in beach sand, volcanic ash, granites and garnet schists, the planet has unintentionally kept a rich and idiosyncratic journal of its past.Bjornerud builds on this premise and creates an "armchair guide" to geology, taking the reader carefully on a "walking" tour of the Earth, explaining in gorgeous prose and lovely anecdotes, what we see and feel beneath our feet.
Marcia Bjornerud is a professor and the Chair of Geology at Lawrence University. She is a Fellow of the Geographical Society of America and was a 2000-2001 Fulbright Scholar. She lives in Wisconsin, USA and this is her first book.