Worlds in Shadow: Submerged Lands in Science, Memory and Myth

Bloomsbury Publishing, 05.08.2021 - 288 Seiten
Discover ancient civilizations that have disappeared beneath the ocean's surface and explore how the science of submergence adds to our knowledge of human history.

The traces of much of human history – and that which preceded it – lie beneath the ocean surface; broken up, dispersed, often buried and always mysterious. This is fertile ground for speculation, even myth-making, but also a topic on which geologists and climatologists have increasingly focused in recent decades. We now know enough to tell the true story of some of the continents and islands that have disappeared throughout Earth's history, to explain how and why such things happened, and to unravel the effects of submergence on the rise and fall of human civilizations.

In Worlds in Shadow Patrick Nunn sifts the facts from the fiction, using the most up-to-date research to work out which submerged places may have actually existed versus those that probably only exist in myth. He looks at the descriptions of recently drowned lands that have been well documented, those that are plausible, and those that almost certainly didn't exist.

Going even further back, Patrick examines the presence of more ancient lands, submerged beneath the waves in a time that even the longest-reaching folk memory can't touch. Such places may have played important roles in human evolution, but can only be reconstructed through careful geological detective work. Exploring how lands become submerged, whether from sea-level changes, tectonic changes, gravity collapse, giant waves or volcanoes, helps us determine why, when and where land may disappear in the future, and what might be done to prevent it.


Introduction Hearing the Past
Worlds in Shadow
Recently Drowned Lands
At the Nexus of Science and Memory
Red Herrings Fishy Tales of Unlikely Sunken Lands
Hidden Depths Coastal Lands Submerged Long Ago
Deep in Shadow Ancient Lands Now Hidden
Earths Watery Shroud Sea Level Changes
Huge and Mighty Hilles of Water Monstrous Waves
Volcanic Islands
Slipping into the Shadows Vanishing Lands
Out of the Shadows Resisting Land Submergence
Further Reading

The Island Tilts the Tourists Go Mad the Ups and Downs of the Earths Crust
Falling Apart Collapsing Continents and Islands

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Patrick Nunn received his PhD from the University of London before spending 25 years teaching and researching at the international University of the South Pacific in Fiji, where he was appointed Professor of Oceanic Geoscience in 1996. He moved to Australia in 2010 to work at the University of New England before being appointed to a research professorship at the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2014.

Patrick has more than 230 peer-reviewed publications to his credit and he has written several books, including Vanished Islands and Hidden Continents of the Pacific, which was named among the 'Best of the Best from the University Presses' in 2009 by the American Library Association, and The Edge of Memory with Bloomsbury Sigma in 2018.

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