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Contents Acknowledgments00 PrologueStone Crazy00 No place with no past, 00 The accidental diarist, 00 1The Tao of Earth00 The department of redundancy department: Inertia and spare parts, 00 Equals and opposites, 00 Going home to Mother Earth, 00 Everything old is new again, 00 The Earth fugue, 00 2Reading rocks: a primer00 Meeting rocks on common ground, 00 A rock by any other name, 00 Grammar and syntax of the three rock languages, 00 Sorting out sedimentary rocks, 00 Hard rock cachet, 00 The granite planet, 00 Metamorphic metaphors, 00 Mind the gap: What rocks don't tell us, 00 Old softies, 00 Putting everything in order, 00 Getting a date, 00 Peering into the primordial mists, 00 3The great and the small00 Geo-metry: Sizing up the Earth, 00 A sense of scale, 00 The importance of being erroneous, 00 Making retroactive measurements, 00 Tiny bubbles, 00 Stretchy coastlines and imperial microbes, 00 Lawmakers or outlaws?, 00 Measure for measure, 00 4Mixing and sorting00 Stars of rock and heavy metal, 00 Density is destiny, 00 Whither the water, 00 Mixed drinks and metaphors, 00 The mantle of power, 00 Waste management, 00 Mal de mer, 00 Snowball Earth: Many are cold but few are frozen, 00 Permian permutations, 00 The day after the Pleistocene, 00 Only connect, 00 5Innovation and conservation00 You say you want a revolution, 00 The paradox of oxygen, 00 Coming out of the cold, 00 Swimming with the (not-yet-evolved) sharks, 00 An arthropod eat arthropod world, 00 The many legs of the arms race, 00 Communes and junkyards, 00 Something old, something new, everything borrowed, 00 6Strength and weakness00 Earth before geology, 00 Naming names and making maps, 00 A mechanical Earth, 00 The incredible shrinking Earth, 00 Earth unbound, 00 Epilogue00 The once and future Earth, 00 Glossary00 Timescale00 Notes00 Index00
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