Worlds in Shadow: Submerged Lands in Science, Memory and Myth (Paperback)

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Dive beneath the water's surface to learn more about the truths and myths of submerged lands in science and culture.

The traces of much of human history – and that which preceded it – lie beneath the ocean surface; broken up, dispersed, often buried and always mysterious. This is fertile ground for speculation, even myth-making, but also a topic on which geologists and climatologists have increasingly focused in recent decades. We now know enough to tell the true story of some of the continents and islands that have disappeared throughout Earth's history, to explain how and why such things happened, and to unravel the effects of submergence on the rise and fall of human civilizations.

In Worlds in Shadow Patrick Nunn sifts the facts from the fiction, using the most up-to-date research to work out which submerged places may have actually existed versus those that probably only exist in myth. He looks at the descriptions of recently drowned lands that have been well documented, those that are plausible, and those that almost certainly didn't exist.

Going even further back, Patrick examines the presence of more ancient lands, submerged beneath the waves in a time that even the longest-reaching folk memory can't touch. Such places may have played important roles in human evolution, but can only be reconstructed through careful geological detective work. Exploring how lands become submerged, whether from sea-level changes, tectonic changes, gravity collapse, giant waves or volcanoes, helps us determine why, when and where land may disappear in the future, and what might be done to prevent it.

About the Author

Patrick Nunn received a PhD from the University of London before spending 25 years teaching and researching at the University of the South Pacific, where he became Professor of Oceanic Geoscience in 1996. He moved to Australia in 2010 to work at the University of New England before being appointed to a research professorship at the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2014.

The author of more than 320 peer-reviewed publications, Patrick has also written several books, including two for Bloomsbury Sigma, The Edge of Memory and Worlds in Shadow.

Patrick has received the Gold Medal of both the Pacific Science Association (2003) and the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland (2018) and was one of those scientists to share the award of the (2007) Nobel Peace Prize to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781472983510
ISBN-10: 1472983513
Publisher: Bloomsbury Sigma
Publication Date: September 19th, 2023
Pages: 352
Language: English