Colorado writer Craig Childs travels to some of the world’s most desolate and challenging places and reflects on the millions of years of change on Earth. In his latest book, Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth, Childs goes from the driest deserts of Chile to the drowned land bridge of the Bering Sea to understand what could be next. In an earlier book, House of Rain, Childs wrote about the Anasazi people who mysteriously disappeared from the American southwest in the 13th century after creating a civilization referred to as “the Las Vegas of its day.”
Childs has been a commentator for NPR's Morning Edition and a contributing editor at High Country News. Childs delivered the University of South Dakota’s Earth Day keynote lecture on Wednesday. He stopped by the Dakota Midday studios and discussed his concept of the "everending Earth" as revealed in Apocalyptic Planet.