Geologist and geoscience writer Andrew Alden joins Plutopians to discuss his book Deep Oakland, inspired by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Andrew gives us a guided tour of Oakland’s history and geology.
It’s a new kind of book. Any of you, if you wanted to, you could write a book like that for your own city. I’m not declaring a franchise, but I’m saying Deep Oakland is a new type of book, and I hope that it gets a wider readership and inspires more books like it. I don’t have to write every book, you know – the more authors who can do this, the better. I want to wake the world up to what modern geology has to offer. Geology is not your grandfather’s geology. It’s your grandchildren’s geology. It’s a geology of the 21st century. It’s the geology the 21st century needs as we face terrible re-structuring of the world economy.
Through his writing Alden raises awareness for what he calls the deep present: the appreciation of the ancient underpinnings that shape the modern-day surroundings of daily life. His website is oaklandgeology.com.