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How the Earth remembers and forgets. / Szerszynski, Bronislaw.

Political Geology: Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life. ed. / Adam Bobbette; Amy Donovan. London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. p. 219-236.

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Szerszynski, B 2019, How the Earth remembers and forgets. in A Bobbette & A Donovan (eds), Political Geology: Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 219-236. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98189-5

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Szerszynski, B. (2019). How the Earth remembers and forgets. In A. Bobbette, & A. Donovan (Eds.), Political Geology: Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life (pp. 219-236). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98189-5

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Szerszynski B. How the Earth remembers and forgets. In Bobbette A, Donovan A, editors, Political Geology: Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 2019. p. 219-236 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98189-5

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Szerszynski, Bronislaw. / How the Earth remembers and forgets. Political Geology: Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life. editor / Adam Bobbette ; Amy Donovan. London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. pp. 219-236

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