In The Eternal Frontier, world-renowned scientist and historian Tim
Flannery tells the unforgettable story of the geological and
biological evolution of the North American continent, from the time
of the asteroid strike that ended the age of dinosaurs 65 million
years ago, to the present day. Flannery describes the development
of North America's deciduous forests and other flora, and tracks
the immigration and emigration of various animals to and from
Europe, Asia, and South America, showing how plant and animal
species have either adapted or become extinct. The story takes in
the massive changes wrought by the ice ages and the coming of the
Indians, and continues right up to the present, covering the
deforestation of the Northeast, the decimation of the buffalo, and
other facets of the enormous impact of frontier settlement and the
development of the industrial might of the United States.
Natural history on a monumental scale, The Eternal Frontier
contains an enormous wealth of fascinating scientific details, and
Flannery's accessible and dynamic writing makes the book a delight
to read. This is science writing at its very best -- a riveting
page-turner that is simultaneously an accessible and scholarly
trove of incredible information that is already being hailed by
critics as a classic.
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