The Past

the pastThe image above is one of Stuart Carter-Jackson’s beautiful illustrations of geological time.

Part 1, ‘the Past’, takes us on a journey from an early Earth billions of years ago, to the West’s ‘discovery’ of Azolla during Louis-Antoine de Bougainville’s eighteenth century circumnavigation of the Earth.

‘The Past’ is separated into nine chapters and we have included samples from each for you to read. Many of the chapters begin with a short story that is designed to transport you back to another time and place, so that you can visualize the events as they occurred.

Here is a list of the chapters:

Chapter 1: The Mackenzie Delta: Midsummer, 50 million years ago

Chapter 2: The North Pole tells its story

Chapter 3: A Meeting of the Minds

Chapter 4: The Perfect Marriage

Chapter 5: The Hopeful Monster

Chapter 6: The Evolution of a Superorganism

Chapter 7: Strange worlds: From Greenhouse to Icehouse

Chapter 8: Worshipped in the East: Azolla’s use in rice production

Chapter 9: The West discovers Azolla: Classification and geographic distribution

Chapter 10: East meets West. Azolla: superorganism or weed?

Chapter 1 begins our story 50 million year ago when the Earth was poised on the brink of massive climate change triggered by Azolla’s repeated spread across the ancient Arctic Ocean……

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