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T. Rex and the Crater of Doom (Revised) (Paperback) (Walter Alvarez)

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Sixty-five million years ago, a comet or asteroid larger than Mount Everest slammed into the Earth, inducing an explosion equivalent to the detonation of a hundred million hydrogen bombs. Vaporized detritus blasted through the atmosphere upon impact, falling back to Earth around the globe. Disastrous environmental consequences ensued: a giant tsunami, continent-scale wildfires, darkness, and cold, followed by sweltering greenhouse heat. When conditions returned to normal, half the plant and animal genera on Earth had perished.

This horrific chain of events is now widely accepted as the solution to a great scientific mystery: what caused the extinction of the dinosaurs? Walter Alvarez, one of the Berkeley scientists who discovered evidence of the impact, tells the story behind the development of the initially controversial theory. It is a saga of high adventure in remote locations, of arduous data collection and intellectual struggle, of long periods of frustration ended by sudden breakthroughs, of friendships made and lost, and of the exhilaration of discovery that forever altered our understanding of Earth's geological history.

Edition: Revised
Number of Pages: 185
Genre: Science
Sub-Genre: Mexico
Series Title: Princeton Science Library
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr
Author: Walter Alvarez
Language: English
Street Date: September 15, 2015
TCIN: 50124817
UPC: 9780691169668
Item Number (DPCI): 248-01-1542
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