Thirty years ago, the theory that continents are comprised of drifting plates—plate tectonics—evoked more scorn than serious research. Today, this revolutionary theory continues to dazzle and challenge geologists and laymen alike. Assembling California explores an area uniquely demonstrative of the plate tectonic theory: California, which according to “tectonicists,” is breaking apart at its seams.
©1993 John McPhee (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC
The missing piece of the Annals of the Former World series finally appears on Audible. I can???t recommend this series highly enough.
McPhee's focus is the formation of California, but the scope of Assembling California is nothing less than the formation of all the continents, islands and oceans as understood by modern geology.
Just as quantum mechanics and relativity transformed Physics, just as the concept of brain plasticity transformed Neuroscience, just so the theory of plate tectonics transformed Geology. John McPhee explains the transformation of the science, and the transformation of the Earth's surface in fine prose. He quotes dialogs with geologists--mainly Eldridge Moores--gives analogies, and uses anecdotes drawn from personal experience to convey the concepts.
Assembling California works fine on the printed page, but has a few too many technical terms to work entirely well as an audio book.
Nevertheless, this is a well-written and well-read book that conveys the outline of modern tectonic geology to the layman.
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