In Suspect Terrain (Annals of the Former World #2)

by John McPhee

From the outwash plains of Brooklyn to Indiana’s drifted diamonds and gold In Suspect Terrain is a narrative of the earth, told in four sections of equal length, each in a different way reflecting the three others—abiography;

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.11 out of 5
  • Published January 1st 1984 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Original Title: In Suspect Terrain
  • ISBN: 0374517940 (ISBN13: 9780374517946)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Series: Annals of the Former World #2

From the outwash plains of Brooklyn to Indiana’s drifted diamonds and gold In Suspect Terrain is a narrative of the earth, told in four sections of equal length, each in a different way reflecting the three others—a biography; a set piece about a fragment of Appalachian landscape in illuminating counterpoint to the human history there; a modern collision of ideas about the origins of the mountain range; and, in contrast, a century-old collision of ideas about the existence of the Ice Age. The central figure is Anita Harris, an internationally celebrated geologist who went into her profession to get out of a Brooklyn ghetto. The unifying theme is plate tectonics—here concentrating on the acceptance that all aspects of the theory do not universally enjoy. As such, In Suspect Terrain is a report from the rough spots at the front edge of a science.