"To comprehend climate change via arts and humanities as well as science and engineering demands either a Leonardo da Vinci or the gentle audacity and magisterial breadth of SueEllen Campbell."Richard C. J. Somerville, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
"A masterful combination of the precision and power of the sciences with the lyricism and insight of the humanities. Campbell and her colleagues have succeeded by braiding clear, accurate scientific explanation with forays into mythological and literary expressions of the human relationship to Earth."Michael P. Branch, editor of "John Muir's Last Journey"
"The authors of this astonishingly original project explore nature's meanings in ways that blend the insights of plate tectonics and evolution with imagery from authors such as Dante, Milton, and the Brontes. Dozens of vivid personal narratives, written by a community of writers, ground such perspectives in explorations of rifts, bogs, volcanoes, forests, grasslands, and deserts. From all these diverse encounters with the face of nature can arise a more alert and appreciative receptiveness to the living patterns of which we ourselves are part."John Elder, author of "Reading the Mountains" and "The Frog Run"
Sparkling science writing, cultural and artistic insights about deep time human history, and superb personal essays on place may never have been combined so winningly in a volume as they are in "The Face of the Earth." I could not put this book down. Its evocative ideas and rendered experiences delight the mind like embers from a stirred campfire."Dan Flores, author of "The Natural West" and "Visions of the Big Sky"