The way into the underland is through the riven trunk of an old ash tree.
–Robert MacFarlane - Underland - c.2019
It’s hard to summarize this book. The publisher’s blurb mentions a journey, and glaciers, and burial chambers, and the planet’s past and future. Which is all true, and covers a hell of a lot of ground, but this book covers all that and more.
In Underland MacFarlane journeys across the globe exploring the deep places. Cave systems, tunnels under Paris, mining under the sea, the hidden depths where we plan to hide nuclear waste for all eternity. And through it all he explores humanity and culture, and our impact on the earth and nature.
It is a book of the Anthropocene.
It is more than worth the read, although it is a big book, and takes some reading.