Timefulness

how thinking like a geologist can help save the world

208 pages

English language

Published Aug. 19, 2018

ISBN:
9780691181202
OCLC Number:
1028521665

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Explains why an awareness of Earth's temporal rhythms is critical to planetary survival and offers suggestions for how to create a more time-literate society.

"Why an awareness of Earth's temporal rhythms is critical to our planetary survival: Few of us have any conception of the enormous timescales in our planet's long history, and this narrow perspective underlies many of the environmental problems we are creating for ourselves. The passage of nine days, which is how long a drop of water typically stays in Earth's atmosphere, is something we can easily grasp. But spans of hundreds of years--the time a molecule of carbon dioxide resides in the atmosphere--approach the limits of our comprehension. Our everyday lives are shaped by processes that vastly predate us, and our habits will in turn have consequences that will outlast us by generations. Timefulness reveals how knowing the rhythms of Earth's deep past and conceiving of …

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Subjects

  • Sustainability
  • Nature
  • Geological time
  • Human ecology
  • Time perception
  • Stratigraphic Geology
  • Effect of human beings on