Dust

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Four-and-a-half billion years ago, Planet Earth was formed from a vast spinning nebula of cosmic dust, the detritus left over from the birth of the sun. Within the next 100 years, human life on swathes of the Earth’s surface will end in a haze of heat, drought, and, again, dust. Dust is a legacy of 20th-century progress and a profound threat to life in the 21st century. And yet dust is something we hardly ever consider – it is so small and so mundane as to be beyond the threshold of thought. This book sparks curiosity and corrects that oversight.

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DUST is unmistakably a major book in the making. This is a book with an extraordinary global story to tell, but – and – also with an ethical argument to advance. – Robert Macfarlane
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Four-and-a-half billion years ago, Planet Earth was formed from a vast spinning nebula of cosmic dust, the detritus left over from the birth of the sun. Within the next hundred years, human life on swathes of the earth’s surface will also end, in a haze of heat, drought and, again, dust.

Dust is the legacy of twentieth-century progress and a profound threat to life in the twenty-first. And yet it’s something we hardly ever consider – so small and so mundane as to be beyond the threshold of thought.

All of history is recorded in the dust we create: the pollution we make, the fires we start, the chemicals we use, the volcanos that erupt. Now, for the first time DUST will examine this substance and reveal it’s importance and the fascinating stories it has.

Additional information

Weight0.48 kg
Dimensions23.2 × 15.2 × 3.4 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

416

Language

English

Edition

Export ed

Dewey

551.5113 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K