Book Review for the Earth After Us

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A Critical Book Review The Earth After Us: What Legacy Will Humans Leave in the Rocks (2008) By Jan Zalasiewicz The Earth After Us by Jan Zalasiewicz uses geological science to ask the question ‘what precisely will mankind’s legacy be 100 million years hence ?’ (Page, 2009). The Earth After Us uses Geological science to explain the legacy of the human race. The book has wider geographical significance than geological science alone as it encompasses some of the major environmental and climate change issues humans currently face. The cover of the book shows the earth but on closer inspection it is apparent that this is an earth of the future, the land masses not being in their current state but having moved to form one land mass. (Edgeworth, 2009). This sets out the books general theme in that it is set in the future when mankind has long since disappeared. Zalasiewicz is not only concerned with reconstructing the past but he also aims to question the destructive effects that anthropogenic change is having on the planet. The book received many positive reviews in the general press (McKie, 2009) and more critical reviews in specific scientific magazines (Page, 2008 and Ruddiman, 2008). This review aims to set out the text within the wider literature by exploring the wider debate and key theme, outlining the structure and general text. The focus will then shift to the critique of the book providing both positive and negative reviews. The Author Jan Zalasiewicz is a lecturer in Geology at the University of Leicester, he is a field geologist who specialises in palaeontology and stratigraphy. He has published over a hundred papers in scientific journals, some of his later work focuses on the theory that we have entered a new epoch called The Anthropocene. He has an interesting view on Geology as he states how he would like to pursue a less conventional interest between
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