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Titel: Stepping Stones. The making of our home ...
Verlag: Oxford University Press,, Oxford,
Einband: Original Softcover.
First paperback edition. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2001. 23 x 15 cm. XII, 409 pages with illustrations. Original Softcover. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. Includes for example the following chapters: How the world works / Ciculation systems / The essence of life / Cosmic setting: dancing to ancient tunes / Peering into time / Continents adrift / The surface of events / Life, rock and air / Alchemy in stars / Graveyard for comets / Landscape for life / What life is all about / Genesis and the Deuteronomists / Life's tender years / Fumes from the engine room / Continents shape climate / Icehouse and greenhouse worlds / Life becomes complicated / Armageddon revisited / Reaching for new horizons / The ages of ice / The human record / All the world's a commodity, etc. Sprache: English Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 80314AB
Inhaltsangabe: Many people know more about the planets Venus and Mars than they do about our home planet, Earth. Unique in our solar system, and so far as we know in the Universe itself, the Earth has been evolving for the past five billion years, and is the result of the dynamic interplay of astronomical, physical, and chemical forces ranging from the vast to the barely perceptible. The evolution of the Earth hasnever been predictable. Life has come very close to being extinguished many times. After each such crisis, the survivors and their genes have diversified and grown in number to exploit all opportunities. Without such traumas it is hardly likely that evolution's pace could have reached its present advanced level; that of conscious life capable of changing the world, contemplating it, and in doing so changing itself at geologically stupendous rates. In this text, Stephen Drury explores how such a seemingly fragile world could have been formed and developed.
Über den Autor: Stephen Drury, Department of Earth Sciences, The Open University.
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