Annals of the former world by John McPhee

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Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in New York .

Written in English

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Places:

  • United States.

Subjects:

  • Geology -- United States

Edition Notes

Includes index.

Book details

StatementJohn McPhee.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsQE77 .M38 1998
The Physical Object
Pagination695 p. :
Number of Pages695
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL692460M
ISBN 100374105200
LC Control Number97039660

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