Footprints: in search of future fossils
Publication year: 2020
Media class: Hardback
Genre: Human settlements Climatic changes Nature Social prediction
Publisher: 4th Estate, 2020
Resource type: Physical
Includes bibliographical references
What will the world look like ten thousand or ten million years from now? In this book, David Farrier explores what traces we will leave for the very deep future. From long-lived materials like plastic and nuclear waste, to the 50 million kilometres of roads spanning the planet, in modern times we have created numerous objects and landscapes with the potential to endure through deep time. Our carbon could linger in the atmosphere for 100,000 years, and the remains of our cities will still exist millions of years from now as a layer in the rock. These future fossils have the potential to tell remarkable stories about how we lived in the 21st century. Through literature, art, and science, 'Footprints' invites us to think about how we will be remembered in the myths, stories, and languages of our distant descendants.