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



Llided it caused massive changes in carbon Co2 oxygen nitrogen etc or that the Chicxulub asteroid impact may not have been the sole factor in ending the Mesozoic the Deccan basalt floods probably contributed and I had never heard of hypercane a continent sized typhoon with 500 mph winds which could happen if the oceans et warm enough There are lots of wonderfully nerdy eological and paleontological facts and terms like these in this book that I will try to recall at pub uizzes eg that the new name for the K T boundary as we called it when I was in college is the Cretaceous Paleogene or K Pg boundary but the broadening of my perspective is what I m reflecting on right now Brannen s Ends of the World takes on the heady subject of Earth s mass extinctions the epochs the rise and fall the animals and fossils the shifts of plates and climates and the rise of atmospheric carbon dioxide and ocean acidification Both as it happened millions of years ago and how it is happening now in the Anthropocene He chronologically traces through millions of years of history I ve read similar books Elizabeth Kolbert s The Sixth Extinction comes to mind but Brannen takes a somewhat lighter tone on it while still pressing the ravity of what we face now with climate change and ocean acidificationBrannen is a science journalist with a eology background and his book centers on interviewing experts and researchers in the field and in the lab There are some reat anecdotes in the book about field work discoveries and the newest theories about what brought on some of the mass extinctions of the past His last chapters were about the crises we now face and how we can learn from the past to assist in the present and future What I expected a chronicle of major natural disasters through out known history What I Dark Intrusions got a very frightening tale of the 5 major massive mass extinction Earth hasone through since life microbes ever emerged in this rock we call home The narrative of the book explains the causes of the massive extinctions and the effects it had on the survivors if there were any it then tell us that we might be on the beginning stages of the massive 6th extinction which would come about because of our disregard for earth and our ravenous appetite for fossil fuels If that sounds like something you would enjoy I recommend you read it but don t expect for a positive endingbecause everything that is coming climate wise is not ood at all not ood at alllet the book expand on it Great science writing that reads like a mystery novel I loved this book It has everything I like about Decade of Despair great science writing including clear explanations of the science personal anecdotes and a sense of humor Even the way the story is structured it reads like a mystery novel and among the suspects are volcanoes and asteroids This made the book hard to put down I also found that Peter Brannen seems to have paid a lot of attention to word choice and sentence structure and some of the writing had a poetic uality to it I would even reread certain passages because they were so well written I strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in scienceDisclosure I received a complimentary copy of this book via Edelweiss for review purposes Geology is boring The rocks don t move they are rock colored basically they are justood for throwing At least that is what I thought until reading this Brannen has done an unimaginably What Was Lost good job at bringing all thingseology paleo Go-Go-Go! geochemistry and all the other subjects I avoid to life His ability to weave so many different ideas and science into a coherent book is awesomeNot only was it areat science read it was entertaining You could feel Brannen s passion and excitement for the subject as well as all of the scientists he interviewed So many different personalities and ideas all blended to make a Somato Respiratory Integration Workbook good story The only down side is how dire the warnings are and how solid a case he makes for a really bad situation coming our way It can be tough to stay positive with all of the evidenceClimate deniers don t bother reading it If you aren t convinced by now no amount of rational science will sway you Anyone else this is a very entertaining read about past extinctions due to climate or otherwise A science journalist travels all over the world talking to paleontologists andeologists and visiting sights that illuminate the various ends of Reine Mädchensache geological epochs in the deep history of Earth By looking at he major mass extinctions on Earth througheologic time it also focuses on the individual events and their similarities There s also a very strong discussion on where our current world climate situation is using these extinctions as a yard stick There s some brief discussion about the types of life that vanished at each event and what life continued including some speculation on why but the focus is on the Animal Babies geologyI found it fascinating a tad depressing but with elements of hope In terms of the current levels of climate change as the author says mass extinctions are where you re worried about the survival of cows and mice not polar bears and rhinos We re not uite there yet But it s a warning that s worth heeding regardless. Ife with creatures like dragonflies the size of seaulls and Offenders and Detainees 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 whodunitsPart 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 therave and casts our future in a completely new lig.

L demise at least as a life sustaining habitat It will still exist for a while at least until the sun explodes but will be uninhabitable lifeless and barren Welcome to my November moodI don t know why I find these kinds of books so fascinating but I do I love this stuff You d think that it would just depress me that it would make me nihilistic but on the contrary it was actually rather uplifting Listening to the story of Earth and all of the drastic upheavals and catastrophic events and mass extinctions and the subseuent resurgence of life after each one was surprisingly optimistic I mean Not for US But whatever comes after DI ve said it before we re not killing the planet We don t have the power to do that We can do a lot of damage though and make it harder and maybe impossible depending on unpredictable variables for us to survive here Eventually Earth will regulate and life will resume just maybe not life we would recognize One of the things that I liked most about this book was how vivid it was Brannen knows that most people aren t oing to be able to comprehend the scale of the things that he s writing about here so he makes it relatable The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs It was a mountain sized rock that was moving so fast that the impact crater was partially formed by the AIR PRESSURE it pushed before it It was moving so fast Brannen compared it to a plane plummeting from a cruising altitude of 30000 feet to the round in 03 seconds It was literally not there one second and then the next second the world was already on fire and Armageddon had begun If you had been around and close enough to see it you d have been blinded before you were immediately vaporized but you probably wouldn t have realized it You d have been lucky Almost everything else burned or died in the earthuakes or volcanoes Anyway I don t know where I m oing with this This book covers a lot of round and covers some of the same stuff that I ve read in other books on similar pre historic topics including a brief chat with Steven Brusatte author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs A New History of a Lost World whose book I really enjoyed If you re interested in any of this stuff I would highly recommend either book They are both really Dead-End Road Mysteries good One is slightly lessrim though P For what this book is it is Hear the Wolves goodSo what is it An accessible rundown of the events of the fivereat extinction events of the Earth s past Good for newcomers decent for an update if it s been a few decades beyond your previous encounter with possible extinction causes remember the debates surrounding the Cambrian and entertaining enough if what you mean by entertainment is the cognition of our eventual death as a species Okay Valors Measure granted a lot of the material is slightlylossed over in favor of narrative brevity and facts and causes are somewhat light but the book knows its audience and it s audience isn t BFI Film Classics glamorous or snazzed up with buzz words or is it Oh wait emergent comes up a bit Ah well no book is perfectMakes me kinda want to re read Bill Bryson s A Short History of Nearly Everything or Kolbert s The Sixth Extinction An Unnatural History if you want toet REALLY scaredBut again for what it is Brannon s book does a decent readable job I just kinda wish I had descriptions of the life that is now long Tni Tata Dunia Baru Sistem Pertahanan gone sigh First this is interesting and entertaining albeit in a perverse way with a friendly tone but unapologetic specificity about the five catastrophic massive extinction events and how life on earth emerged again each time in weird and bizarre forms and in processes that took millions of years That is the point extinctions happen and these are incomprehensibly vast time spans a scale we cannot even fathom While this is ultimately a book about climate change therand perspective of the entire book وصف الاستعباد في مملكة فاس - مذكرات أسير سويدي على عهد السلطان مولاي عبد الله gave me a way to reallyrasp how short a time modern humans have been on Earth and how long these things truly take Our time span is of utter insignificance The dinosaurs were the apex species of this planet for almost 200 million years they were the real winners and the losersAnd while it is such hubris to think we matter so much anthropic principles and person centered religious ideologies etc it is at the same time such folly to think we humans have no effect on the Earth Brannen emphasizes the observation of many scientists that the seeming Fiend goalprojectpurpose of humanity on earth is to extract all the carbon out of theround and ignite it as fast as we possibly can That s sobering and true when one thinks about it Just a stat the oceans are 30% acidic than they were at the start of the Industrial Revolution And this project of ours has never happened before in such a short intense span of years the changes usually happen on vast timescales of millions of years while we are doing it 2 or 3 hundred years Alas every projection even the most conservative indicates that the world as we know it is Voice of Conscience going to collapse Because everything is connected and the systems will fail to support our life on earth For this age anyway I did not know that a massive supercontinent like Pangaea actually changes how climate works or that as the continents split and co. Me exploring Earth’s past dead ends and in the process offers us alimpse of our possible futureMany 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

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This book was uite different form what I had expected For one the author doesn t PROBE MY ASS (A Reluctant Doctor/Patient Anal Sex erotica story) go too much into detail when it comes to describing the different time periods Rather weet short descriptions followed by how the period ended and most of that is speculation anywayWe start almost at the Big Bang before we rush through the different periods and look at one mass extinction after the other from a The Pedlar and the Bandit King (Scarlet and the White Wolf, geological as well as a paleontological point of view I did like how the author ensured the readers were aware of just how little time humanity has been on the planet when compared to the history of our planetThen we follow the author to several sites where important fossils have been found where he talked to enthusiasts as well as scientists thus also walking through time with him and therefore watching the land mass separating as well as the appearance and disappearance of algea trees molluscs dinosaurs humans and One scientist s sentiment stood out to me He said that basically we humans are what the trees were in the Devonian our very existence triggering a mass extinction the trees killed off the prehistoric fish That too is just a theory and will sadlyive ammunition to those saying we shouldn t even try to do anything against climate change but think about it What if it s true and our very evolution leaves no other outcome Personally I disagree because how we evolve also plays a part and we are not just trees but have evolved so much technologically that we can change the outcome if only we are dedicated enough However I had never heard that theory before so it Marvins Room got me thinkingAnyway the author went on uite the tour throughout the US and talked to a number of very important scientists of their respective fields He also talked to scientists in other places such as Siberia andave us their accounts of voyages and discoveries that triggered some of the most recent theories The uestion he seems to be trying to answer is if the next mass extinction ours is just around the cornerAnother thing that struck a chord with me due to what I ve been reading this month was the story of the Humboldt suid I knew of the suid and how it was the only or one of very few profiting from rising sea temperatures populations exploding after having read about Alexander von Humboldt it is very ironic that a suid named after the very scientist warning of the warming seas and advocating environmentalism is becoming a pest caused by human induced Roberto to the Dark Tower Came global warmingThus the book had a few passages that made me contemplate several aspects of Earth s history evolution mass extinctions andlobal warming However those were few and far in between Moreover the writing was nothing spectacular and I often thought the author was skimming too much barely scratching the surface instead of oing in deeper he could have He simply ticked off what could have been followed every time by the admission that we don t know I kept asking the same uestion yeah ok soIf you take it as a very light book iving you a few pointers on the different eras and what died out at their respective end what was left to us from those respective eras such as as or coal or oil and what damage humanity has already caused in its short time on the planet it works well enough However a beginner might need a few details while a advanced reader will definitely want substance to the musings presented here In short if this book was juice it would be watered down too muchInterestingly my next book is The 6th Extinction and I m already very curious if Elizabeth Kolbert is poignant about the theory she presents Good enough to read once It s interesting even if I was that weird kid who never cared for dinosaurs or rocks I did learn something interesting and fun than any science class I took That said the writing ot a bit repetitive and I Star Cookies Comfort got a bit lost on which creatures went with which apocalypse I didn t really think the attempt to tie in with modernlobal warming was particularly successful If anything this book proved the opposite Humans may Mail Horror Bride (One Nation Under Zombies go extinct due tolobal warming but it s probably foreordained and likely in Doros asin mga Anghel geological time In fact it s a bit of a comfort really we may well disappear but the earth shall abide Worth reading once and toet from the library or the discount section Do you ever The Other Alice give yourself a panic attack thinking about scale I mean like the vastness of time and space and the fact that we humans or even all known life only exist for the merest fraction of a second in a microscopic speck in a tiny solar system within a tinyalaxy in a tiny cluster of The Inside Text galaxies in a tiny corner of the observable universe The scale of time and size just cannot be comprehended It s too massive So sometimes I think about this and humanity s place in this crazy huge and mind bogglingly old universe and I think about the fact that we are in control of nothing NOTHING And the fact that one day all of existence me you millions of species of life the planet the solar system thealaxy the universe will cease to exist And I have a bit of a panic attack Because the scale of that loss is too huge to comprehend This book covers everything from the origins of the Earth to its eventua. As new The Connected Home 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 alimpse of our increasingly dangerous futureOur world has ended five times it has been broiled frozen poison assed smothered and pelted by asteroids In The Ends of the World Peter Brannen dives into deep ti.