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Welcome. You've arrived.

It's taken about 4,600 million years since the formation of our planet for you to be here. That's an unfathomable amount of time to comprehend. Even the very brief span of our species Homo sapiens (roughly 200,000 years of existence) is difficult to put into perspective within the vast epochal cycles of Earth’s big history. So, how did Earth come into being? When was the first spark of life? Where did life come from?

The Walk Of Your Life

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Deep Time Walk is a 4.6km walking audio book for smartphones telling a history of the living Earth. This unfolding takes you from 4,600,000,000 years ago (4,600 Million Years Ago) to the present day, with each metre walked representing 1 million years. During the dramatised walk between a fool and a scientist you learn from the latest scientific evidence about how our planet evolved over this vast stretch of geological time, including the accretion of the Earth from a disc of rocky debris, the formation of the oceans and atmosphere, the appearance of first life - bacteria, then the first nucleated cells and multicellular organisms.

The Walk Of Your Life

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Deep Time Walk is a 4.6km walking audio book for smartphones telling a history of the living Earth. This unfolding takes you from 4,600,000,000 years ago (4,600 Million Years Ago) to the present day, with each metre walked representing 1 million years. During the dramatised walk between a fool and a scientist you learn from the latest scientific evidence about how our planet evolved over this vast stretch of geological time, including the accretion of the Earth from a disc of rocky debris, the formation of the oceans and atmosphere, the appearance of first life - bacteria, then the first nucleated cells and multicellular organisms.

“Deep time is not purely an abstraction to be calculated,
but a phenomenal experience to be encountered in the field.”

Richard Irvine, University of Cambridge

Key features:

  • The pedometer is used to track how far and fast you walk, adjusting the audio correspondingly
  • A time-contextual Glossary is available to learn about key concepts
  • Mobility Assist Mode is available for those unable to walk
The experience combines science with humanities to help you understand our common evolutionary history with all life, how very ancient our planet is and the geological impact of humanity. We hope it gives a sense of awe and wonder for our beautiful home and inspires care and reverence.
   
           
   

Deep Time Walk is a project by Schumacher College, part of the Dartington Hall Trust and Geoff Ainscow from Conscious Elders Network