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Planet Earth : Cosmology, Geology, and the Evolution of Life and Environment - Cesare Emiliani

Planet Earth

Cosmology, Geology, and the Evolution of Life and Environment

Paperback Published: 25th January 1993
ISBN: 9780521409490
Number Of Pages: 736

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The next few decades are likely to witness deep environmental crises, crises we will be able to cope with only through a clear understanding of the complex, delicate system of which we are part. Fortunately, the great advances made in all fields of science since World War II make it possible, for the first time, to reconstruct the entire life history of the world we live in, from the Big Bang to today, and thus to understand how the system works. This book presents a global picture of our world - how it originated, how it evolved, how it works - and provides the background necessary to asssess ways to stabilize it. Although the science is rigorous and quantitative, the book is written in an informal style and is readily accessible to anyone with a knowledge of high-school algebra.

'... a challenging read ...' New Scientist 'Planet Earth is a book that can be read from start to finish and it is also a book that can be dipped into almost anywhere. There is much here to educate and also to entertain.' Mercian Geologist

Preface
Prolegomena: Science and Religion
Monumental scientific discoveries, units of measurements, and a warning about this book
Matter and Energy
Atoms and photons
The atomic nucleus
Cosmology
Birth of the universe
Measuring the universe
The objects in the sky
The solar system
Earth in space
Geology
Minerals and gems
Igneous rocks and volcanism
The Earth's interior
Plate tectonics
The atmosphere
The hydrosphere
Sediments and sedimentary rocks
Sedimentary environments
Diagenesis, metamorphism, and rock deformation
Stratigraphy
Evolution of Life and Environment
Origin and early evolution of life
The cryptozoic: sections and taxa
Early phanerozoic phyla and related taxa
The paleozoic
The mesozoic
The cenozoic
The Historical Perspectives
Appendices
References and subject index
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ISBN: 9780521409490
ISBN-10: 0521409497
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 736
Published: 25th January 1993
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.22 x 17.98  x 3.58
Weight (kg): 1.27

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