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The Alps and our Planet.

Das Matterhorn aus Afrika
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Year of publication2005
Author(s)Michel Marthaler
Publisherles éditions lep (Loisirs et Pédagogie)
Place of publicationBern
Number of pages98
PriceCHF 39.– / € 23.40
Once upon a time, long, long ago, the Earth comprised one huge continent, Pangea, that was washed by a single vast ocean. The first dinosaurs walked in that distant morning, 250 million years ago; and it was then that the geological history of the Alps can be said to have begun. Theirs is an extraordinary story, long, rich and complex. Yet though complex, it is illuminated for us by another fascinating history, that of the still unfolding dynamic of the planet itself.
This book invites any reader curious about our planet to embark on an immense journey through time and space. The planet’s saga is recorded in its own prodigious memory; inscribed in its very rocks and landscapes. The mountains of the world — which once were deserts, savannahs, tropical rain forests, sea shores or ocean depths — are the offspring of the vast, slow drifting of oceans and continents.