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One of the great mysteries is what happened to the dinosaurs, and it has taken great detective work to give us an answer. In T. Rex and the Crater of Doom, some brilliant, not to mention determined, scientists roam the world and seek out the clues. What they conclude is that the earth withstood a colossal impact with a meteor (or perhaps a comet) 65 million years ago. The resulting cataclysm destroyed half the life on the planet.
Walter Alvarez, a geologist at the University of California at Berkeley, and one of the four scientists who present this theory on the mystery, tells the story in a clear narrative that contains a wealth of scientific material. The book does require an investment of attention, but the presentation is quite readable, and the story itself is fascinating. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
When Nobel prize-winning physicist Louis Alvarez and his geophysicist son Walter announced that they had discovered evidence of a giant meteor that slammed into Earth 65 million years ago, causing the extinction of the dinosaurs, they were met with much fanfare from the popular press and skepticism from the scientific community. The Alvarezes were vindicated in 1991 when a huge impact crater was discovered on the Yucatan Peninsula, and the possible connection with dinosaur extinction is becoming more widely accepted. After a vivid description imagining the global devastation that would be caused by such an impact, Alvarez offers a first-person account of the discovery. It's a nicely told and well-written tale of scientific discovery, and though he occasionally comes across as a bit smug, Alvarez is quite generous in crediting objectors for helping show the direction to improve and refine the theory with further research. This informal, readable book is appropriate for high school readers on up, and the subject has strong popular appeal.?Amy Brunvand, Univ. of Utah Lib., Salt Lake City
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the words of the man primarily responsible for recognising the likely cause of the mass extinction that included famously the dinosaurs, this book records the detective story... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark C. Hillard
Fantastic story of how a geologist and his nobel prize winning father shed great light on what happened to the dinosaurs.Published 10 months ago by Barb B
Not only does Walter's writing 'rock', he is one amazing teacher. I have him as a professor at UC Berkeley for one of my earth science classes. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by keylover
This book is the most boring book I have ever read. I have to read it for my biology class and write in a journal summarizing it. It's terrible! Read morePublished on May 13 2003 by Megan
This book is really boring, it took me 10 minutes to read one page. And everything went right over my head. The only reason why I read it is because I had to read it. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2002
Alvarez mixes Scientific Method, paleontology, the difficulties in getting a new idea considered with an adventure story. Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2001 by Sean W. O'Toole
This is the story of the discovery of why the dinosaurs -- and so many other creatures -- went extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period, 65 million years ago. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2001 by James R. Mccall
Easier reading level than the Powell book, and more suitable for children and teens interested in the topic of the K-T impact extinction. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2000 by Holy Olio
Probably the most investigated mass extinction of the five major events known to have occurred has been the KT boundary event. This is probably because the dinosaur, especially T. Read morePublished on April 10 2000 by Atheen