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The word “geology” comes from two Greek roots: geo– (Earth) and –logia (discourse, study of). Bedrock, which was listed as one of the “Five Best” science books in the Wall Street Journal, takes that definition broadly by inviting readers to explore the language of the Earth in human imagination, perception, and experience. The writings reflect a wide range of disciplines, genres, cultural backgrounds, nationalities, and time periods. Together they challenge habits of seeing Earth and show many creative experiences of and responses to our planet.
“How can you comprehend the immensity of the Earth’s past? Pick up this inch-thick book. In sections covering everything from ‘Faults, Earthquakes, and Tsunamis’ to ‘The Work of Ice,’ its six-dozen narratives of action and endurance, stasis and change, convey the wonders of deep time. Some of the geology writing is great, all of it absorbing, taken from the works of a marvelous array of writers. It fast-forwards two millennia from Pliny the Younger’s description of his uncle’s death in the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79 to Ursula K. Le Guin’s front-porch view of Mount St. Helens blowing sky high in 1980. No less riveting is Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s account of landing his plane on a sandy Saharan plateau so remote that his are the first footprints there and the only rocks are fallen stars.”
— Wall Street Journal (Russell Seitz), July 29, 2006, “Five Best” Science Books