Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World

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Cambridge University Press, 8 abr. 2013 - 318 páginas
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Fully updated throughout, including revised illustrations and new images from NASA missions, this new edition provides an overview of Earth's history from a planetary science perspective for Earth science undergraduates. Earth's evolution is described in the context of what we know about other planets and the cosmos at large, from the origin of the cosmos to the processes that shape planetary environments and from the origins of life to the inner workings of cells. Astronomy, earth science, planetary science and astrobiology are integrated to give students the whole picture of how the Earth has come to its present state and an understanding of the relationship between key ideas in different fields. The book presents concepts in nontechnical language and mathematical treatments are avoided where possible. New end-of-chapter summaries and questions allow students to check their understanding and critical thinking is emphasized to encourage students to explore ideas scientifically for themselves.
 

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Índice

General reading
7
Largest and smallest scales
9
References
23
Forces and energy
25
Fusion fission sunlight and element
35
Summary
41
Determination of cosmic and terrestrial
47
Relative age dating of cosmic
61
7
158
Implications for Earth during the faint
164
Summary
171
55
172
Summary
184
tectonics
198
Summary
212
57
216

Summary
70
61
76
General reading
82
Summary
95
The Hadean Earth
113
99
125
The Archean eon and the origin of life
131
examination
138
Summary
146
13
149
2
218
Summary
228
Toward the age of humankind
245
The once and future planet
257
Introductlon
267
189
301
127
302
198
308
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Jonathan I. Lunine is the David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences at Cornell University. His research interests center broadly on planetary origin and evolution, in our solar system and around other stars. He works as an interdisciplinary scientist on the Cassini mission to Saturn and on the James Webb Space Telescope, and is also a co-investigator on the Juno mission which launched for Jupiter in August 2011. Dr Lunine is the author of over 230 scientific papers and besides the first edition of this book (Cambridge University Press, 1999), he has also written Astrobiology: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2005). He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union.

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