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Introduction to the Earth-Life System

ISBN-10: 052172953X
ISBN-13: 9780521729536
Edition: 2008
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Description: This concise undergraduate textbook brings together Earth and biological sciences to explore the co-evolution of the Earth and life over geological time. Written for a one-semester course, it explores the Earth system at and above the surface of the  More...

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Book details

List price: $79.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 326
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

This concise undergraduate textbook brings together Earth and biological sciences to explore the co-evolution of the Earth and life over geological time. Written for a one-semester course, it explores the Earth system at and above the surface of the Earth by examining the interactions and feedback processes between the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. It also explains how the Earth's surface environment involves a complex interplay between these systems. Through a wealth of features and student questioning, the book allows students to understand how physical controls make our planet hospitable for life, investigate the processes of global change that operate on a range of timescales, understand important cross-disciplinary connections and explore how the whole Earth system has evolved. Finally, it assesses how and why the climate of the Earth has varied over geological time, and considers whether life itself is passive or an active agent for change.

A habitable planet
The emergence and persistence of life
The carbon cycle
Plate tectonics, climate and life
Mountains and climate change
Life in the Phanerozoic
The Earth at extremes
Summary
Answers to questions
Appendices
Further reading
Glossary
Index

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