The Ends of the World
Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass ExtinctionsBook - 2017
"Our world has ended five times: it has been broiled, frozen, poison-gassed, smothered, and pelted by asteroids. In The Ends of the World, Peter Brannen dives into deep time, exploring Earth's past dead ends, and in the process, offers us a glimpse of our possible future. Many scientists now believe that the climate shifts of the twenty-first century have analogs in these five extinctions. Using the visible clues these devastations have left behind in the fossil record, The Ends of the World takes us inside ́ђجscenes of the crime,́ђح from South Africa to the New York Palisades, to tell the story of each extinction. Brannen examines the fossil record́ђؤwhich is rife with creatures like dragonflies the size of sea gulls and guillotine-mouthed fish́ђؤand introduces us to the researchers on the front lines who, using the forensic tools of modern science, are piecing together what really happened at the crime scenes of the Earth's biggest whodunits" -- from Amazon.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ℗♭2017
Branch Call Number: 576.84 BRA 2017
Characteristics: 322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, photographs (chiefly color) ; 24 cm