More than the story of how a continent formed over 4 billion years. Told in readable, entertaining prose and filled with personal and geological anecdotes, Ghost Mountains and Vanished Oceans: North America from Birth to Middle Age tells the story of our world, and in doing so, it tells our story.​​

As the author says: "An understanding of the geology of the Earth is essential to truly understanding our place on it. To put it the other way round, we cannot understand life and our place in it without understanding the ball of rock on which, and out of which, it evolved. We are not just passengers on a dead piece of cosmic debris whirling through space; we are an integral part of an exceptional, dynamic system that produced both ourselves and our Earth. In a very real sense, geology made us." (Adult)

"…this book is a true, well-crafted page-turner…If you've ever wondered how the continents and the particular slab of rock you live on came about, you will love this book. Even if you don't, you'll still love it. Highly recommended."


"This book will be a fascinating read for anyone interested in the planet on which we live and how it came to be as it is. As a ‘brief history of geology’ I would recommend the book for any undergraduate student and my guess is that we will all learn something from this and enjoy the read in the process…buy your friends a copy or amaze your family with how thrilling the science of our Earth can be." Eileen Van der Flier-Keller, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria

NOTE: This edition of Ghost Mountains and Vanished Oceans is intended for an interested general reader rather than an academic. It contains the entire text of the original book, but omits the technical sidebars and illustrations. The book contains links to where the specialist reader can find these.

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