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The Earth After Us: What legacy will humans leave in the rocks?

Jan Zalasiewicz

Abstract

Geologist Jan Zalasiewicz takes the reader on a fascinating trip one hundred million years into the future--long after the human race becomes extinct--to explore what will remain of our brief but dramatic sojourn on Earth. He describes how geologists in the far future might piece together the history of the planet, and slowly decipher the history of humanity from the traces we will leave impressed in the rock strata. What story will the rocks tell of us? What kind of fossils will humans leave behind? What will happen to cities, cars, and plastic cups? The trail leads finally to the bones of th ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199214976
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199214976.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan Zalasiewicz, author