The earth as a cradle for life : the origin, evolution and future of the environment
- Stacey, F. D. (Frank D.)
- New Jersey : World Scientific, 
- Physical description
- xvii, 285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
QE26.3 .S73 2013
- Unknown QE26.3 .S73 2013
- Hodgkinson, Jane H.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Physical and Astronomical Foundations: "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-- The Evolving Earth: 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-- Human Influences: Effects of Fossil Fuel Use-- A Comparison of Human Energy Use with Natural Dissipations-- The Cradle is Rocking-- A Summary of Salient Conclusions.
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- Publisher's Summary
- The Earth as a Cradle for Life aims to fill the gap between readers who have a strong and informed scientific interest in the environment (but no access to the journal literature), and their desire for a basic understanding of the environment. It provides a comprehensive account, and requires no advanced mathematical skills. It will also satisfy a need for a textbook on fundamental science for students in tertiary environmental science courses that may otherwise neglect the underlying basis of their subject. The Earth as a Cradle takes a step back from common perceptions of the environment, and presents a new fundamental perspective. It draws attention to observations that have been neglected or discounted for reasons the authors found invalid, and which allow a more coherent account of the environment than is possible without them. Misunderstandings about the environment are common, even in the scientific community. They arise in part from the multi-disciplinary nature of the subject and the difficulty in keeping all relevant observations in mind and assessing their validity. These misunderstandings are often consequences of the band-wagon effect: when an idea is reinforced by repeated quotation and becomes difficult to contradict even when it is in obvious conflict with observations. This is especially so in a subject with strong media interest and conflicting commercial interests - and Cradle sweeps these considerations aside and presents a new environmental scenario. This book draws on several decades of research by the authors on fundamental Earth science, and presents probing insights on environmental questions that are not widely recognized - even in the professional community. For this reason it will become a landmark in the environmental science and Earth science literature.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- Frank D. Stacey, Jane H. Hodgkinson.