November 13, 2019

Vantage Point

Frederick H. Turner, Issue Editor

Robert Macfarlane’s new book Underland: A Deep Time Journey (2019) takes readers on an extraordinary tour of the world beneath our feet. Stops on Macfarlane’s subterranean and submarine tour include a cave that served as a burial site, a mine used as a source of potash and a location to study the universe’s dark matter, an underground city, and an offshore oilfield on the continental shelf. Macfarlane acknowledges that there are “many reasons we tend to turn away from what lies beneath.” But, he argues, “now more than ever we need to understand the underland” and “see more deeply.”

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