Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World
Cambridge University Press, 8 abr. 2013 - 318 páginas
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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Largest and smallest scales
Forces and energy
Fusion ﬁssion sunlight and element
Determination of cosmic and terrestrial
Relative age dating of cosmic
Implications for Earth during the faint
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abundance amino acids amount Archean atoms bacteria basaltic billion years ago biological carbon dioxide cells changes Chapter chemical climate clouds complex continental crust continents core craters Cretaceous cycle decay deﬁned density difﬁcult early Earth Earth’s history effect electrons elements energy environment eukaryotes evidence evolution Figure ﬁrst ﬂow formation fossil record fusion gases geologic giant planets glacial global granites greenhouse Hadean heat helium hence history of Earth human hydrogen ice ages impact increase infrared iron isotopes Kuiper Belt layers liquid water mantle Mars Martian mass material melting meteorites methane minerals molecular molecules Moon Neanderthals neutrons nucleus occur oceanic crust orbit organisms oxygen particles Phanerozoic photons photosynthesis planetary plate tectonics present processes produced Proterozoic radioactive reﬂect relative rocks seaﬂoor sedimentary sediments signiﬁcant solar system species stable stars subduction sufﬁcient supercontinent surface temperature terrestrial timescales tion Venus volcanic warm wavelengths