Apocalyptic Planet by Craig Childs
Field Guide to the Everending Earth

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The earth has died many times, and it always comes back looking different. In an exhilarating, surprising exploration of our planet, Craig Childs takes readers on a firsthand journey through apocalypse, touching the truth behind the speculation. Apocalyptic Planet is a combination of science and adventure that reveals the ways in which our world is constantly moving toward its end and how we can change our place within the cycles and episodes that rule it.
 
In this riveting narrative, Childs makes clear that ours is not a stable planet, that it is prone to sudden, violent natural disasters and extremes of climate. Alternate futures, many not so pretty, are constantly waiting in the wings. Childs refutes the idea of an apocalyptic end to the earth and finds clues to its more inevitable end in some of the most physically challenging places on the globe. He travels from the deserts of Chile, the driest in the world, to the genetic wasteland of central Iowa to the site of the drowned land bridge of the Bering Sea, uncovering the micro-cataclysms that predict the macro: forthcoming ice ages, super-volcanoes, and the conclusion of planetary life cycles. Childs delivers a sensual feast in his descriptions of the natural world and a bounty of unequivocal science that provides us with an unprecedented understanding of our future.

 

About Craig Childs

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Craig Childs is a commentator for NPR's Morning Edition, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Men's Journal, Outside, The Sun, and Orion. Awards he has won include the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award, the Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure, the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, and, for his body of work, the 2003 Spirit of the West Award.




















Author Residence: Crawford, Colorado
 
Published October 2, 2012 by Vintage. 370 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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He turned up mass extinction in prosperous Iowa, formerly home to thousands of High Plains species, today a monoculture of genetically modified cornfields in soil that now consists mostly of high-yield petroleum products harboring a dozen other life forms barely surviving in the chemical soup.

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In northern Patagonia, he visits a great melting ice field, the “last of the Ice Age in retreat.” Hiking in Grundy County, Iowa, through steamy, humid fields ruthlessly cleansed of everything but dense rows of genetically modified corn, he notes how “biodiversity, one of the key indicators ...

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The Washington Post

“For the entire American Southwest the Colorado is indeed the river of life, which makes it all the more tragic and ironic that by the time it reaches its final destination, it has been reduced to a shadow upon the sand, its delta dry and deserted, its flow a toxic trickle seeping into the sea.” ...

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The Washington Post

“This is how it appears to have finally ended for the Hohokam: with a bang and then a fading whimper, the cry of a last infant in a village standing empty, its name never to be remembered again.” It’s the same motivation that prompts a concerned expert at the public utility company supplying half...

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Deseret News

Craig Childs takes on the "ever-ending" Earth as he explores and defines the "Apocalyptic Planet" from region to region, mapping the past, defining the present and examining the future.

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Science News

Piercing a buried polar lake: Researchers in Antarctica drilled through a half-mile of ice to reach water that hasn’t had contact with the atmosphere for thousands of years.

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The Agony Column

We then meet his aunt who is unaware that she is in the midst of a personal apocalypse as she seeks to write her own book about the coming end, a scene that sets this book into motion as Childs decides to explore landscapes of the present that speak to apocalypses in the past.

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Edmonton Journal

But a new book about the many ways the world could possibly end will surely have them worried again.American writer Craig Childs travelled around the planet seeking up-close evidence of how the Earth is always moving toward an end, and he documents what he found in his engaging, if sometimes frig...

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