The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions

Category: Book
By (author): Brannen, Peter
Subject:  NATURE / Natural Disasters
  SCIENCE / Environmental Science (see also Chemistry / Environmental)
  SCIENCE / General
  SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: June 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.00in x 5.31in x 0.75in
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Forbes Top 10 Best Environment, Climate, and Conservation Book of 2017

As new groundbreaking research suggests that climate change played a major role in the most extreme catastrophes in the planet's history, award-winning science journalist Peter Brannen takes us on a wild ride through the planet's five mass extinctions and, in the process, offers us a glimpse of our increasingly dangerous future

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 "scenes of the crime," from South Africa to the New York Palisades, to tell the story of each extinction. Brannen examines the fossil record-which is rife with creatures like dragonflies the size of sea gulls and guillotine-mouthed fish-and 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.

Part road trip, part history, and part cautionary tale, The Ends of the World takes us on a tour of the ways that our planet has clawed itself back from the grave, and casts our future in a completely new light.

Review Quote*"[Brannen] is a companionable guide, as good at breathing life into the fossilized prose of scientific papers as he is at conjuring the Ordovician reign of the nautiloids."
Review Quote*"Gripping . . . Brannen excels at evoking lost worlds."
Review Quote*"Clear-eyed, urgent, and eloquent. . . . Brannen offers an important education, making an argument for how better understanding what's happened can help us determine how to move forward."
Review Quote*"Timely to say the least . . . with grace and wit, [Brannen] makes a compelling case that recognizing our fortune and coming to terms with our fragility means consciousness prevails in the universe. We are still capable of changing the way we live."
Review Quote*"Masterful . . . might be just the book to give to that uncle of yours who still wants to argue about climate change (or even to your US Representative). But first, read it yourself. It's a page turner."
Review Quote*"If readers have time for only one book on the subject, this wonderfully written, well-balanced, and intricately researched (though not too dense) selection is the one to choose."
Review Quote*"Revealing . . . Effectively link[s] past and present, [while] wind[ing] down with projections for the future and a warning against inaction in the face of climate change."
Review Quote*"A simultaneously enlightening and cautionary tale of the deep history of our planet and the possible future. . . . . entertaining and informative on the geological record and the researchers who study it. . . . a useful addition to the popular literature on climate change."
Review Quote*"Much-needed as a cautionary lesson and a hopeful demonstration of how life on Earth keeps rebounding from destruction."