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In search of fossils from the future

How will we all be remembered?

By Cal Flyn   June 2020
Bleached coral Credit: WikipediaBleached coral Credit: Wikipedia

Bleached coral Credit: Wikipedia

Footprints, writes David Farrier, is a study of how we “will be remembered by the very deep future.” In his search for “future fossils,” Farrier identifies sites and objects that might be expected to outlast humanity, and thereby become memorials.

This quest sends him to meet designers of a nuclear waste depository in Finland, paleo-climatologists studying ice cores in Tasmania and marine biologists surveying the bleaching coral of the Great Barrier Reef. But though the book is steeped in…

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