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dc.contributor.authorPálsson, Gísli
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-10T14:38:32Z
dc.date.available2021-02-10T14:38:32Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifierhttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/42661
dc.identifier50668*
dc.identifier.urihttps://directory.doabooks.org/handle/20.500.12854/36726
dc.description.abstract"Can one have something in common with a lava field? Can one identify with a mountain, or connect with a contemporary event in the history of the earth, in the way that some people feel connected together by birthday, genetic fingerprint, or zodiac sign? In the terms of the Christian burial ceremony, what is this earth from which we come and to which we return? In Down to Earth, Gísli Pálsson explores such questions through both personal reflection on the microcosm of his childhood home, an Icelandic island disrupted by volcanic eruption, and a critical discussion of the current age of the Anthropocene, characterized by the growing environmental impact of humans. While environmental hazards caused by humans often inform public discussion of the Anthropocene, human impact on the planet is not always detrimental. This book discusses in detail the pioneering effort on Heimaey island to cool molten lava and to divert its flow, in order to save a fishing harbor and the community it has allowed to thrive. Mingling the personal and the geological, the local and the global, Down to Earth should appeal to many readers in diverse contexts throughout the English-speaking world. The author appears to the reader when it suits him, naturally enough, and on occasion near the center of the narrative, in the vicinity of earthquakes, eruptions, and other natural hazards."
dc.languageEnglish
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::B Biography & True Stories::BM Memoirs
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::R Earth sciences, geography, environment, planning::RB Earth sciences::RBC Volcanology & seismology
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::1 Geographical Qualifiers::1D Europe::1DN Northern Europe, Scandinavia::1DNC Iceland
dc.subject.otheranthropocene
dc.subject.othervolcanology
dc.subject.otherIceland
dc.subject.otheranthropology
dc.subject.otherWestman Island
dc.subject.otherseismology
dc.subject.othergeography
dc.titleDown to Earth
dc.title.alternativeA Memoir
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.21983/P3.0306.1.00
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy12970da4-0116-4486-b8be-fc9756703ab1
virtual.oapen_relation_isPublishedBy.publisher_namepunctum books
virtual.oapen_relation_isPublishedBy.publisher_websitehttp://punctumbooks.com
oapen.relation.isbn9781953035165
oapen.collectionScholarLed
oapen.pages248
oapen.place.publicationBrooklyn, NY
dc.dateSubmitted2020-10-21T13:50:01Z


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