Robert Macfarlane

6/14/2019 | Town Hall Seattle

Readings & Lectures Downtown

How do we reconcile our own perception of time with the massive geological scale of the earth? To offer us an intersection between the human and the natural world, nature author Robert Macfarlane takes Town Hall’s stage with a dive into his new book Underland: A Deep Time Journey. Macfarlane invites us on an epic exploration of Earth’s vast subterranean landscape in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself, into “deep time” to calculate the dizzying expanses of geologic time that stretch away from the present. He leads us on an exhilarating journey to Arctic sea caves, Bronze Age burial chambers, the catacombs of Paris, the underground fungal networks through which trees communicate, a dark matter research lab searching for the origins of the universe, and a deep-sunk “hiding place” designed to store nuclear waste for 100,000 years to come.

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