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Snowball Earth: The Story of the Great Global Catastrophe That Spawned Life as We Know It

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Did the Earth once undergo a super ice age, one that froze the entire planet from the poles to the equator? In Snowball Earth, gifted writer Gabrielle Walker has crafted an intriguing global adventure story, following maverick scientist Paul Hoffman?s quest to prove a theory so audacious and profound that it is shaking the world of earth sciences to its core.

In lyrical prose that brings each remote and alluring locale vividly to life, Walker takes us on a thrilling natural history expedition to witness firsthand the supporting evidence Hoffman has pieced together. That evidence, he argues, shows that 700 million years ago the Earth did indeed freeze over completely, becoming a giant ?snowball,? in the worst climatic catastrophe in history. Even more startling is his assertion that, instead of ending life on Earth, this global deep freeze was the trigger for the Cambrian Explosion, the hitherto unexplained moment in geological time when a glorious profusion of complex life forms first emerged from the primordial ooze.

In a story full of intellectual intrigue, we follow the irascible but brilliant Hoffman and a supporting cast of intrepid geologists as they scour the planet, uncovering clue after surprising clue. We travel to a primeval lagoon at Shark Bay in western Australia, where dolphins cavort with swimmers every morning at seven and ?living rocks? sprout out of the water like broccoli heads; to the desolate and forbidding ice fields of a tiny Arctic archipelago seven hundred miles north of Norway; to the surprising fossil beds that decorate Newfoundland?s foggy and windswept coastline; and on to the superheated salt pans of California?s Death Valley.

Through the contours of these rich and varied landscapes Walker teaches us to read the traces of geological time with expert eyes, and we marvel at the stunning feats of resilience and renewal our remarkable planet is capable of. Snowball Earth is science writing at its most gripping and enlightening.

Review:

"[Walker's] prose, like her story, is likely to engage both scientists and general readers equally....Walker has written an important, provocative book that is a joy to read." Publishers Weekly

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"This is science writing at its best, a thoroughly engaging work that advances some serious ideas." Library Journal

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"A fascinating and well-written account of scientists at work in an often neglected discipline." Kirkus Reviews

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"[A] kind of international thriller in which teams of brilliant researchers brave horrendous weather, treacherous field conditions and vicious tenure committees in pursuit of an idea that must be right." Washington Post

Book News Annotation:

Walker (contributing editor, New Scientist), who has a doctorate in natural sciences from Cambridge U., UK, has written a lively account of Harvard geologist Paul Hoffman's theories of the origins of life on earth that he believes followed its complete freezing over. Writing for the popular reader, Walker explains the geology in lay terms, and it is the details of Hoffman's travels to remote and often frozen areas that move the narrative. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Walker takes readers on a thrilling natural history expedition in search of supporting evidence for the audacious theory which argues that the Earth experienced a climatic cataclysm 700 million years ago that froze the entire planet from the poles to the equator. 5 line drawings.

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Snowball Earth tells the story of maverick scientist Paul Hoffman and his controversial explanation of the mysterious Cambrian Explosion of life more than 550 million years ago. Science journalist Walker guides readers through Hoffman's claims and a host of evidence in support of the idea that the Earth, about 700 million years ago, underwent an extreme freeze, from pole to pole, and in the thaw spawned the complex life forms, such as dinosaurs, mammoths, and people.

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Includes bibliographical references (249-260) and index.

Synopsis:

Did the Earth once undergo a super ice age, one that froze the entire planet from the poles to the equator? In Snowball Earth, gifted writer Gabrielle Walker has crafted an intriguing global adventure story, following maverick scientist Paul Hoffman’s quest to prove a theory so audacious and profound that it is shaking the world of earth sciences to its core.

In lyrical prose that brings each remote and alluring locale vividly to life, Walker takes us on a thrilling natural history expedition to witness firsthand the supporting evidence Hoffman has pieced together. That evidence, he argues, shows that 700 million years ago the Earth did indeed freeze over completely, becoming a giant “snowball,” in the worst climatic catastrophe in history. Even more startling is his assertion that, instead of ending life on Earth, this global deep freeze was the trigger for the Cambrian Explosion, the hitherto unexplained moment in geological time when a glorious profusion of complex life forms first emerged from the primordial ooze.

In a story full of intellectual intrigue, we follow the irascible but brilliant Hoffman and a supporting cast of intrepid geologists as they scour the planet, uncovering clue after surprising clue. We travel to a primeval lagoon at Shark Bay in western Australia, where dolphins cavort with swimmers every morning at seven and “living rocks” sprout out of the water like broccoli heads; to the desolate and forbidding ice fields of a tiny Arctic archipelago seven hundred miles north of Norway; to the surprising fossil beds that decorate Newfoundland’s foggy and windswept coastline; and on to the superheated salt pans of California’s Death Valley.

Through the contours of these rich and varied landscapes Walker teaches us to read the traces of geological time with expert eyes, and we marvel at the stunning feats of resilience and renewal our remarkable planet is capable of. Snowball Earth is science writing at its most gripping and enlightening.

About the Author

Gabrielle Walker earned a Ph.D. in natural sciences from Cambridge University. She served as the features editor at New Scientist magazine for seven years and is currently a contributing editor there. She has also taught in the science writing program at Princeton University. Her travels in search of stories have taken her to all seven continents—including a stint at the South Pole.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780609609736
Author:
Walker, Gabrielle
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
Weather
Subject:
Life
Subject:
Paleoclimatology
Subject:
Earth Sciences - General
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
Subject:
Snowball Earth
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
MCH089
Publication Date:
March 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.46x6.48x1.03 in. 1.14 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages Crown Publishers - English 9780609609736 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[Walker's] prose, like her story, is likely to engage both scientists and general readers equally....Walker has written an important, provocative book that is a joy to read."
"Review" by , "This is science writing at its best, a thoroughly engaging work that advances some serious ideas."
"Review" by , "A fascinating and well-written account of scientists at work in an often neglected discipline."
"Review" by , "[A] kind of international thriller in which teams of brilliant researchers brave horrendous weather, treacherous field conditions and vicious tenure committees in pursuit of an idea that must be right."
"Synopsis" by , Walker takes readers on a thrilling natural history expedition in search of supporting evidence for the audacious theory which argues that the Earth experienced a climatic cataclysm 700 million years ago that froze the entire planet from the poles to the equator. 5 line drawings.
"Synopsis" by , Snowball Earth tells the story of maverick scientist Paul Hoffman and his controversial explanation of the mysterious Cambrian Explosion of life more than 550 million years ago. Science journalist Walker guides readers through Hoffman's claims and a host of evidence in support of the idea that the Earth, about 700 million years ago, underwent an extreme freeze, from pole to pole, and in the thaw spawned the complex life forms, such as dinosaurs, mammoths, and people.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (249-260) and index.
"Synopsis" by , Did the Earth once undergo a super ice age, one that froze the entire planet from the poles to the equator? In Snowball Earth, gifted writer Gabrielle Walker has crafted an intriguing global adventure story, following maverick scientist Paul Hoffman’s quest to prove a theory so audacious and profound that it is shaking the world of earth sciences to its core.

In lyrical prose that brings each remote and alluring locale vividly to life, Walker takes us on a thrilling natural history expedition to witness firsthand the supporting evidence Hoffman has pieced together. That evidence, he argues, shows that 700 million years ago the Earth did indeed freeze over completely, becoming a giant “snowball,” in the worst climatic catastrophe in history. Even more startling is his assertion that, instead of ending life on Earth, this global deep freeze was the trigger for the Cambrian Explosion, the hitherto unexplained moment in geological time when a glorious profusion of complex life forms first emerged from the primordial ooze.

In a story full of intellectual intrigue, we follow the irascible but brilliant Hoffman and a supporting cast of intrepid geologists as they scour the planet, uncovering clue after surprising clue. We travel to a primeval lagoon at Shark Bay in western Australia, where dolphins cavort with swimmers every morning at seven and “living rocks” sprout out of the water like broccoli heads; to the desolate and forbidding ice fields of a tiny Arctic archipelago seven hundred miles north of Norway; to the surprising fossil beds that decorate Newfoundland’s foggy and windswept coastline; and on to the superheated salt pans of California’s Death Valley.

Through the contours of these rich and varied landscapes Walker teaches us to read the traces of geological time with expert eyes, and we marvel at the stunning feats of resilience and renewal our remarkable planet is capable of. Snowball Earth is science writing at its most gripping and enlightening.

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