Catastrophe, Episode 2: "Snowball Earth"
Naked Science, 2014
Miracle Planet: "Snowball Earth", Documentary
National Film Board of Canada
and NHK Japan, 2005
Ice Age Meltdown
National Geographic: Naked Science, 2019
Bill McGuire: "A Guide to the End of the World: Everything You Never Wanted to Know", Oxford University Press, 2004.
Thousands of people die every year from floods, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, hurricanes and typhoons. Yet compared to what the Earth endured in prehistoric times-lethal volcanic winters, deadly asteroid collisions-our civilization has developed against a backdrop of relative geological calm. Will this calm last? A Brief Guide to the End of the World looks at the frightful prospects that await us in the 21st century and beyond. Bill McGuire, a leading expert in the field of geological hazards, admits that the omens are less than encouraging. Only 10,000 years after the last Ice Age, the Earth is sweltering in some of the highest temperatures it has ever seen. Overpopulation and the relentless exploitation of natural resources, combined with rising temperatures and sea levels induced by greenhouse gases, are increasing the likelihood of natural catastrophes, from continuing El Ninos, to large-scale glacial melting, to mega-tsunami. Even more disturbing is the near certainty that we are headed toward another asteroid or comet collision on the scale of the one that wiped out the dinosaurs. In this provocative and immensely readable guidebook, McGuire discusses when these catastrophic events are likely to take place, how they will effect our global society, and what we can do to increase our chances of survival--from emissions reductions, to massive geo-engineering schemes, to the colonization of space. Illustrated with photographs and diagrams, and backed by meticulous research. A Brief Guide to the End of the World sheds new light on the extraordinarily vulnerability of our planet, and on our capacity to withstand the dramatic changes Mother Nature has in store for us in the distant, or not so distant, future.
Graham Hancock: "Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization", Crown; First Edition edition (October 15, 2002), 2002.
Hancock, bestselling author of Fingerprints of the Gods, comes a mesmerizing book that takes us on a captivating underwater voyage to find the ruins of a lost civilization that’s been hidden for
thousands of years beneath the world’s oceans.
While Graham Hancock is no stranger to stirring up heated controversy among scientific experts, his books and television documentaries have intrigued millions of people around the world and influenced many to rethink their views about the origins of human civilization. Now he returns with an explosive new work of archaeological detection. In Underworld, Hancock continues his remarkable quest underwater, where, according to almost a thousand ancient myths from every part of the globe, the ruins of a lost civilization, obliterated in a universal flood, are to be found.
Guided by cutting-edge science and the latest archaeological scholarship, Hancock begins his mission to discover the truth about these myths and examines the mystery at the end of the last Ice Age. As the glaciers melted between 17,000 and 7,000 years ago, sea levels rose and more than 15 million square miles of habitable land were submerged underwater, resulting in a radical change to the Earth’s shape and the conditions in which people could live. Using the latest computer techniques to map the world’s changing coastlines, Hancock finds astonishing correspondences with the ancient flood myths.
Filled with thrilling accounts of his own participation in dives off the coast of Japan, as well as in the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and the Arabian Sea, we watch as Hancock discovers underwater ruins exactly where the myths say they should be―sunken kingdoms that archaeologists never thought existed. Fans of Hancock’s previous adventures will find themselves immersed in Underworld, a provocative book that provides both compelling hard evidence for a fascinating, forgotten episode in human history and a completely new explanation for the origins of civilization as we know it.
L'antica Terra a palla di neve ("Snowball Earth"), Focus, ca. 2019:
National Geographic: La fine dell'Era Glaciale,
National Geographic: Il Grande Freddo,
Bill McGuire: "Guida alla fine del mondo. Tutto quello che non avreste mai voluto sapere", Cortina Raffaello, 2003.
Vi siete mai chiesti quali disastri potrebbe causare il riscaldamento del globo, quali sarebbero le conseguenze di un'onda gigantesca contro le città costiere o se l'impatto di un asteroide potrebbe far fare a tutti la fine dei dinosauri? Questo libro di Bill McGuire, vulcanologo professore universitario di geofisica, risponde a questi interrogativi. Il rischio, per qualsiasi studioso che preveda catastrofi di questo genere, è che, se ha effettivamente ragione, non resterà nessuno a riconoscergliene il merito. Ma McGuire non è solo una Cassandra. Magari, se gli si dà ragione, cioè se l'umanità impara a rispettare una natura capace anche di vendicarsi, c'è più di una speranza di superare qualsiasi crisi globale e di "ereditare le stelle".
Graham Hancock: "Civiltà sommerse. Sulle tracce dei segreti nascosti negli abissi", TEA Editori, 2005.
Quando i ghiacci si sciolsero tra 15.000 e 8.000 anni fa e il livello del mare si alzò, l'acqua coprì più di 25.000 chilometri quadrati di terra abitabile alterando radicalmente la forma del mondo. Con l'aiuto della più sofisticata tecnologia computeristica per disegnare il modificarsi delle coste, l'autore scopre impressionanti conferme degli antichi miti. E così indossa la muta e si immerge alla ricerca di resti che, incredibilmente, sono esattamente dove gli antichi testi li indicano.