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The earth as a cradle for life : the origin, evolution and future of the environment / Frank D. Stacey, Jane H. Hodgkinson.

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Author/Creator:
Stacey, F. D. (Frank D.)
Language:
English.
Publication date:
2013
Publication:
New Jersey : World Scientific, [2013]
Format:
  • Book
  • xvii, 285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents:
  • "The age of the earth as an abode fitted for life" (Lord Kelvin, 1899)
  • Rotation, tides and the moon
  • The variable sun and other astronomical effects
  • The magnetic field
  • Internal heat and the evolution of the earth
  • The oceans
  • Planetary atmospheres and the appearance of free oxygen
  • Thermal balance, the greenhouse effect, and sea level
  • Environmental crises and mass extinctions of species
  • Stability of the environment
  • Inorganic mineral deposits as products of an evolving environment
  • Fossil fuels, buried carbon and photosynthetic oxygen
  • Effects of fossil fuel use
  • A comparison of human energy use with natural dissipations
  • The cradle is rocking
  • A summary of salient conclusions.
Contributor:
Hodgkinson, Jane H.
Subjects:
ISBN:
9789814508322
9814508322

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