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T. rex and the crater of doom, Walter Alvarez

Label
T. rex and the crater of doom
Title
T. rex and the crater of doom
Statement of responsibility
Walter Alvarez
Title variation
Tyrannosaurus rex and the crater of doom
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Sixty-five million years ago, a comet or asteroid larger than Mt. Everest slammed into the Earth, causing an explosion equivalent to the detonation of a hundred million hydrogen bombs. Vaporized impactor and debris from the impact site were blasted out through the atmosphere, falling back to Earth all around the globe. Terrible environmental disasters ensued, including a giant tsunami, continent-scale wildfires, darkness, and cold, followed by sweltering greenhouse heat. When conditions returned to normal, half the genera of plants and animals on Earth had perished. This horrific story is now widely accepted as the solution to a great scientific murder mystery - what caused the extinction of the dinosaurs? In T. rex and the Crater of Doom, the story of the scientific detective work that went into solving the mystery is told by geologist Walter Alvarez, one of the four Berkeley scientists who discovered the first evidence for the giant impact. It is a saga of high adventure in remote parts of the world, of patient data collection, of lonely intellectual struggle, of long periods of frustration ended by sudden breakthroughs, of intense public debate, of friendships made or lost, of the exhilaration of discovery, and of delight as a fascinating story unfolded
Summary
One of the scientists who discovered the first evidence of a giant impact relates the story of the scientific investigation that revealed the cause of the great extinction sixty-five million years ago
Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 1998.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 1997.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 1997
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155452
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
576.8/4
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QE506
LC item number
.A48 1997
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1380
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
Label
T. rex and the crater of doom, Walter Alvarez
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [147]-169) and index
Contents
Armageddon -- Ex libro lapidum historia mundi -- Gradualist versus catastrophist -- Iridium -- The search for the impact site -- The crater of doom -- The world after Chicxulub
Control code
146702
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 185 p.
Isbn
9780691016306
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
96049208
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), col. map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm36104195
  • (OCoLC)36104195
Label
T. rex and the crater of doom, Walter Alvarez
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [147]-169) and index
Contents
Armageddon -- Ex libro lapidum historia mundi -- Gradualist versus catastrophist -- Iridium -- The search for the impact site -- The crater of doom -- The world after Chicxulub
Control code
146702
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 185 p.
Isbn
9780691016306
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
96049208
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), col. map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm36104195
  • (OCoLC)36104195

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