Annals of the Former World

ISBN-10: 0374518734

ISBN-13: 9780374518738

Edition: 2000

Authors: John McPhee

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning view of the continent, across the fortieth parallel and down through 4.6 billion years Twenty years ago, when John McPhee began his journeys back and forth across the United States, he planned to describe a cross section of North America at about the fortieth parallel and, in the process, come to an understanding not only of the science but of the style of the geologists he traveled with. The structure of the book never changed, but its breadth caused him to complete it in stages, under the overall title Annals of the Former World. Like the terrain it covers, Annals of the Former World tells a multilayered tale, and the reader may choose one of many paths through it. As clearly and succinctly written as it is profoundly informed, this is our finest popular survey of geology and a masterpiece of modern nonfiction.
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List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 6/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 712
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.266
Language: English

McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with the New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1965. That same year he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with FSG, and soon followed with The Headmaster (1966), Oranges (1967), The Pine Barrens (1968), A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles (collection, 1969), The Crofter and the Laird (1969), Levels of the Game (1970), Encounters with the Archdruid (1972), The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed (1973), The Curve of Binding Energy (1974), Pieces of the Frame (collection, 1975), and The Survival of the Bark Canoe (1975). Both Encounters with the Archdruid and The Curve of Binding Energy were nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science Since 1977, the year in which McPhee received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and The John McPhee Reader and the bestselling Coming into the Country appeared in print, Farrar, Straus and Giroux has published Giving Good Weight (collection, 1979), Basin and Range (1981), In Suspect Terrain (1983), La Place de la Concorde Suisse (1984), Table of Contents (collection, 1985), Rising from the Plains (1986), Heirs of General Practice (in a paperback edition, 1986), The Control of Nature (1989), Looking for a Ship (1990), Assembling California (1993), The Ransom of Russian Art (1994), The Second John McPhee Reader (1996), and Irons in the Fire (1997). Annals of the Former World was published in 1998 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1999. McPhee has taught at Princeton as Ferris Professor since 1975.

Basin and Range
Transcontinental Time Line: the Present
Transcontinental Time Line: Late Triassic
Why Would an English Major Write about Rocks?
Set Piece on Geologic Time
Transcontinental Time Lines: Mississippian/Pennsylvanian
Set Piece on Plate Tectonics
Ken Deffeyes Predicts Nevada Seaway
In Suspect Terrain
The Biography of Anita Harris
The Geology of New York City
The Delaware Water Gap as a Fragment of the Appalachians
The Appalachians and Plate Tectonics
The Theory of Continental Glaciation
Origins of Coal
Petroleum in Pennsylvania
Transcontinental Time Lines: Cambrian/Ordovician
Transcontinental Time Lines: Early and Late Silurian
Cautionary Arguments about Plate-Tectonic Theory
Rising From the Plains
Rawlins and the Spread of Time
The Laramide Orogeny
The Burial and Exhumation of the Rocky Mountains
Love Ranch and Family History
The Geologic History of Jackson Hole and the Tetons
Field Geology v. Black Box Geology
Set Piece on Geophysical Hot Spots
Transcontinental Time Line: Eocene
Wyoming Environmental Montage
Oil Shale
Oil and Gas in the Overthrust Belt
Oil in Yellowstone Park
Sedimentary Uranium
Assembling California
The Gold Rush of the Nineteenth Century
Ophiolites: Transported Ocean Crust
The Smartville Block
Crown King, Arizona
The Great Central Valley
The Coast Ranges
World Ophiolites and Global Tectonics
The Geology of San Francisco
The San Andreas Family of Faults
The Hayward Fault
1992 Earthquakes, New Fault at Landers and Joshua Tree
1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake
Crossing the Craton
The Midcontinent Rift
The Oldest Rock
The Earliest Beginnings of the World
The Archean Cratons
Oxygen and the Precipitation of Banded Iron
The Beginning of Modern Plate Tectonics
The Coalescence of the Canadian Shield
The Arcs of Nebraska and Colorado
Radiometric Dating, Magnetic and Gravity Anomalies, and Well Cores
The Andean Margin of Kansas
The Perforation of North America
Transcontinental Time Line: Middle Proterozoic
Pikes Peak
List of Maps
Geologic Time Scale
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