Emerald Planet How Plants Changed Earth's History

ISBN-10: 0199548145
ISBN-13: 9780199548149
Edition: 2008
Authors: David Beerling
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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Global warming is contentious and difficult to measure, even among the majority of scientists who agree that it is taking place. Will temperatures rise by 2oC or 8oC over the next hundred years? Will sea levels rise by 2 or 30 feet? The only way that we can accurately answer questions like these is by looking into the distant past, for a comparison with the world long before the rise of mankind. We may currently believe that atmospheric shifts, like global warming, result from our impact on the planet, but the earth's atmosphere has been dramatically shifting since its creation. Drawing on evidence from fossil plants and animals, computer models of the atmosphere, and experimental studies, David Beerling reveals the crucial role that plants have played in determining atmospheric change--and hence the conditions on the planet we know today-- something that has often been overlooked amidst the preoccuputations with dinosaur bones and animal fossils. "Beerling uses evidence from the plant fossil record (mutant spores, tree stumps from the Artic and Antarctic, growth rings) to reconstruct past climates and to help explain mass extinctions. Too often this evidence has been disregarded, but Beerling gives it its due, and then some."--BioScience

Bennett Schwartz is Professor of Psychology at Florida International University, Miami.

Preface
Introduction
Leaves, genes and greenhouse gases
Oxygen and the lost world of giants
An ancient ozone catastrophe?
Global warming ushers in the dinosaur era
The flourishing forests of Antarctica
Paradise lost
Nature's green revolution
Through a glass darkly
Notes
Index

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