The earth as a cradle for life / Frank D. Stacey (CSIRO, Australia) & Jane H. Hodgkinson (CSIRO, Australia).

This book takes a long-term view of Earth's development as a habitable planet, incorporating physical, chemical and biological processes on the early Earth, through to human perturbations of the modern world and their implications for life in the future.

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Stacey, F. D. (Frank D.)
Other Authors: Hodgkinson, Jane H.
Format: eBook
Published: New Jersey : World Scientific, [2013]
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Table of 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.