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Author Weisman, Alan
Title The world without us / Alan Weisman
Publisher Info New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2007
Edition 1st ed
Subject Nature -- Effect of human beings on
Material culture
Human-plant relationships
Human-animal relationships
 Norlin Library--Stacks  GF75 .W455 2007  Nearby Call Numbers  AVAILABLE
Table of Contents
 Prelude : a monkey koan1
1lingering scent of Eden9
2Unbuilding our home15
3city without us21
4world just before us39
5lost menagerie53
6African paradox68
7What falls apart91
8What lasts102
9Polymers are forever112
10petro patch129
11world without farms145
12fate of ancient and modern wonders of the world171
13world without war183
14Wings without us191
15Hot legacy201
16Our geologic record219
17Where do we go from here?235
18Art beyond us245
19sea cradle255
 Coda : our earth, our souls269
Description viii, 324 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Format text; volume
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [289]-311) and index
Summary Journalist Weisman offers an original approach to questions of humanity's impact on the planet. Drawing on the expertise of engineers, atmospheric scientists, art conservators, zoologists, oil refiners, marine biologists, astrophysicists, religious leaders, and paleontologists, he illustrates what the planet might be like today if humans disappeared. He explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and finally vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; how copper pipes and wiring would be crushed into mere seams of reddish rock; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, radio waves, and some man-made molecules may be our most lasting gifts to the universe. As he shows which human devastations are indelible, and which examples of our highest art and culture would endure longest, Weisman's narrative ultimately drives toward a radical but persuasive solution that needn't depend on our demise.--From publisher description
ISBN 9780312347291
OCLC or Other Control Number 122261590
Call Number GF75 .W455 2007
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