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The Evolution of Matter : From the Big Bang to the Present Day - Igor Tolstikhin

The Evolution of Matter

From the Big Bang to the Present Day


Published: 25th November 2010
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The Evolution of Matter explains how all matter in the Universe developed following the Big Bang and through subsequent stellar processes. It describes the evolution of interstellar matter and its differentiation during the accretion of the planets and the history of the Earth. Unlike many books on geochemistry, this volume follows the chemical history of matter from the very beginning to the present, demonstrating connections in space and time. It provides also solid links from cosmochemistry to the geochemistry of Earth. The book presents comprehensive descriptions of the various isotope systematics and fractionation processes occurring naturally in the Universe, using simple equations and helpful tables of data. With a glossary of terms and over 900 references, this volume is a valuable reference for researchers and advanced students studying the chemical evolution of the Earth, the Solar System and the wider Universe.

Review of the hardback: '... the latest and most comprehensive contribution to this important and growing genre. ... The Evolution of Matter will provide advanced undergraduates and Earth science professionals with an unusually broad and integrated view of isotope cosmo- and geo-chemistry, from the ancient origin of atoms to the modern living Earth. ... an engaging historical narrative.' Elements
'Overall, The Evolution of Matter is a good, deep and readable combination of the textbook and monograph, which brought under one cover a link between cosmo- and geochemistry; solar system formation and evolution; Earth's core, crust and mantle. It also combines a description of sophisticated geodynamic models with considerable cosmo-geochemical reference information.' Pure and Applied Geophysics

The Elements:
Isotopes - weights and abundances
Introduction to the universe - the baryonic matter
Element and isotope abundances - reference collection
Cosmological nucleosynthesis - production of H and He
Stellar nucleosynthesis - lower mass stars and s-process
Stellar nucleosynthesis - r- and associated processes
Timing of stellar nucleosynthesis
Chemical evolution of the galaxy
Early Solar System - Nebula Formation, Evolution and Lifetime:
Introduction to the solar nebula
The primary solar system objects and related processes
Chondritic meteorites
Highly processed meteorites
A summary of early solar system chronology
Accretion of the Earth:
Introduction to the planetary system, earth and moon
Introduction to planetary accretion
Earth accretion - the giant impact(s)
The post-accretion silicate earth - comparison with meteorites
Core segregation
Heavy 'crust' on the top of the core
The early atmo-hydrophere
Light from the moon...
Global Evolution of the Earth:
First look on the Earth
The plate tectonic concept - some phenomenology
Oceanic ridge and island magmatism
Subduction and island arc magmatism
Composition of the continental crust - magmatic, metamorphic and sedimentary processes
Isotopic records of the evolution of the earth's accessible reservoirs
Geochemical earth model
List of meteorites, rocks and minerals
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ISBN: 9780521169646
ISBN-10: 052116964X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 532
Published: 25th November 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.93