Earth is the best non-fiction book that I have read in a long time. It is well written and mostly explained in simple language for the lay man. That is how I felt for the first half of the book which deals with the natural history of the universe and specifically the earth. It takes two generations of stars to produce carbon which is the building block of life as we know it on earth. That means that the matter from the big bang needed to be formed into a star which would burn for billions of years and eventually supernova, then repeat that process again before the matter was formed into the earth. Joni Mitchell was right; we are star dust. The second half of the book deals with the mess humanity has made of the earth. But for me at least that was not new information. But I loved the first part of the book.
Sep 01 2011
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