Top 2016 Geology Books

These are my top five geology books published in 2016, mostly textbooks and reference books. YMMV, and they are not ranked in any way. Included is the text blurb; personal review available on request! Want more book recommendations? Check out the other top 2016 book lists: Zoology; Invertebrates; Arthropods; Vertebrates; …

The End-Permian Extinction

251 million years ago, over 90% of all life in the oceans and 70% of all life on land died. This was the worst mass extinction the Earth ever experienced: the end-Permian extinction. The trouble started in Siberia, where a massive series of eruptions in the Siberian Traps started taking …

What is a Mass Extinction?

One of the main background themes in my history of life series was that extinctions will always happen – they’re a natural part of the biosphere’s evolution. But I never really explained what a mass extinction is. For example, the case of mayflies, who emerge as sexually mature adults simultaneously …