A wilder time Notes from a geologist at the edge of the Greenland ice

William E. Glassley

Book - 2018

Greenland, one of the last truly wild places, contains a treasure trove of information on Earth's early history embedded in its pristine landscape. Over numerous seasons, William E. Glassley and two fellow geologists traveled there to collect samples and observe rock formations for evidence to prove a contested theory that plate tectonics, the movement of Earth's crust over its molten core, is a much more ancient process than some believed. As their research drove the scientists ever f...arther into regions barely explored by humans for millennia--if ever--Glassley encountered wondrous creatures and natural phenomena that gave him unexpected insight into the origins of myth, the virtues and boundaries of science, and the importance of seeking the wilderness within. An invitation to experience a breathtaking place and the fascinating science behind its creation, A Wilder Time is nature writing at its best.

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New York : Bellevue Literary Press 2018.
First edition
Physical Description
223 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Includes bibliographical references (page 223).
Main Author
William E. Glassley (author)
  • Impressions I. Fractionation. Silence ; Mirage ; Breaking stones ; Cladonia rangiferina ; Falcon
  • Impressions II. Consolidation. The sun wall ; Bird cries and myths ; Ptarmigan ; Clear water ; A river of fish
  • Impressions III. Emergence. Tide ; Clockwork pebbles ; Ice ; Seal ; Belonging
  • Impressions IV
  • Epilogue.