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Our moon : how Earth's celestial companion transformed the planet, guided evolution and made us who we are / Rebecca Boyle.

"Far from being a lifeless ornament in the sky, the Moon holds the answers to some of science's central questions. Silent, dry, and barren, Earth's 4.34-billion-year-old companion is essential to life on earth. Its gravity stabilized the Earth's orbit, and, as it once guided evolution, its tide stirring up nutrients that fostered complex life, it now influences everything from animal migrations and reproduction to the movements of plants' leaves. More than 30,000 years before humans invented writing, they used the Moon's waxing and waning to track the passage of time, and, in a tectonic shift for human consciousness, used it to plan for the future. Unsurprisingly, the Moon was a primary feature of the first religions, written language, and philosophy. But our relationship to the Moon became more concrete when Apollo landed on it in 1969 in a moment of scientific and political triumph. And both engineering and politics promise to shape our relationship with it in the near future. Scientists advocate for a return to the moon to do research; governments and billionaires want to return to turn a profit from its mineral resources. Who gets to decide how we use a celestial body that, Boyle argues, belongs to everyone and no one? How can we learn to protect this beautiful, spectral thing that we all share?"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780593129722
  • ISBN: 0593129725
  • Physical Description: xviii, 313 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2023]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
A world apart -- The creation -- The biographer of Earth -- The moon and the origin of species -- The beginning of time -- Early civilization and the compass of time -- The ornament of the sky -- The voyage of discovery begins with the moon -- The moon in our eyes -- Journeys of the mind -- The Eagle and the reliquary -- Our eighth continent.
Subject: Moon > Popular works.
Moon > History > Popular works.
Moon > Social aspects > Popular works.
Moon > Religious aspects > Popular works.
Moon > Philosophy > Popular works.
Genre: Informational works.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Palmerton Area Library 523.3 B69 (Text) 65000000076242 Adult Nonfiction Checked Out 06/06/2024
Parkland Community Library 523.3 BOY (Text) 34422007417518 New Adult Nonfiction Checked Out 06/01/2024

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