Review - Vanvouver, City on the Edge: Living with a Dynamic Geological Landscape.
by John Clague & Bob Turner
This book is a fascinating look at the geology of the lower mainland area of British Columbia. Full of illustrations and photographs, it is an excellent primer on the history and present state of the landscape we live in.
The authors cover several important issues including earthquakes, slides, volcanoes and watersheds. They also point out several good locations for field trips.
One point that one hears from time to time, and that always blows my mind, is that if we look at the age of Earth and compare it to a single calendar year, human recorded history began 30 seconds ago.
Ponder that for a moment. When looking at one calendar year as compared to the age of Earth, "It was not until 8 PM December 31 that humans evolved from more primitive primates... All recorded history falls within the last 30 seconds."
Amazing when you consider to what extent our species has impacted our planet in a few dozen heartbeats.Posted by Paul at February 25, 2005 10:21 PM