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A Geologist Offers a Melodic Meditation on One of Earth’s Most Abundant Elements

Despite its abundance and importance, the location and cycling of carbon on Earth are not yet well understood. Ever-increasing atmospheric concentrations of its dioxide form lend urgency to a more accurate accounting of this element. However, it is Robert Hazen’s enthusiasm, the string of shareable facts presented, and the introduction of so many interesting scientists that make this book such a fascinating read. Trained as a geologist, Hazen also has a deep love of music, which manifests in the symphonic form that superficially organizes the book’s content into four alchemical movements: earth, air, fire, and water.

 

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