How to Find a Habitable Planet

ISBN-10: 0691138052
ISBN-13: 9780691138053
Edition: 2010
Authors: James F. Kasting
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 1/17/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Kasting-Pennsylvania State University

Preface
Introduction
Past Thinking about Earth-Like Planets and Life
The Habitable Zone and the Importance of Liquid Water
Carl Sagan and the Drake Equation
Other Perspectives on Planetary Habitability: Rare Earth and Gaia
Our Habitable Planet Earth
Critical Updates on How Planets Are Built
The Conventional Wisdom regarding Planet Formation
Where Did Earth's Water Come From?
New Models for Planetary Accretion and Delivery of Water
Could Earth's Water Have Come from Comets?
An Up-to-Date Simulation of Planetary Accretion
Long-Term Climate Stability
Solar Evolution Theory
Solar Mass Loss?
Electromagnetic Radiation and the Greenhouse Effect
Planetary Energy Balance
The Faint Young Sun Problem
Possible Solutions to the Problem
The Carbonate-Silicate Cycle and Controls on Atmospheric CO<sub>2</sub>
The CO<sub>2</sub>-Climate Feedback Loop
More Wrinkles in Earths Climate History
The Phanerozoic Climate Record
Precambrian Climate
Geologic Evidence for the Rise of Atmospheric O<sub>2</sub>
Cause of the O<sub>2</sub> Rise: Cyanobacteria
Methane, Methanogens, and the Universal Tree of Life
The Archean Methane Greenhouse
The Paleoproterozoic Glaciation
Runaway Glaciation and "Snowball Earth"
Milankovitch Cycles and the Recent Ice Ages
Ice Albedo Feedback and Climatic Instability
Evidence for Low-Latitude Glaciation
Mechanisms for Explaining Low-Latitude Glaciation
Snowball Earth
Limits to Planetary Habitability
Runaway Greenhouses and the Evolution of Venus' Atmosphere
The History of Water on Venus
The Classical Runaway Greenhouse Effect
An Alternative Runaway Greenhouse Model
Evolution of Venus' Atmosphere
The Future Evolution of Earth
High-CO<sub>2</sub> Atmospheres and Temperature Limits for Life
Future Solar Evolution and Lifetime of the Biosphere
A Geoengineering Solution to Solar Luminosity Increases
The Martian Climate Puzzle
Evidence for Liquid Water near Mars' Surface
CH<sub>4</sub> in Mars' Atmosphere?
Evidence That Water Flowed in Mars' Distant Past
When Did the Martian Valleys Form?
How Warm Was Early Mars?
Mechanisms for Warming Early Mars
Where Are the Carbonates?
Is the Earth Rare?
Planetary Size / Magnetic Fields
Ozone and Ultraviolet Radiation
Availability of Nitrogen and the Importance of N<sub>2</sub>
Is Plate Tectonics Common?
A Planets Impact Environment
Stabilization of Earth's Obliquity by the Moon
Habitable Zones around Stars
Historical Attempts to Define the Habitable Zone
A More Modern Model for the Habitable Zone around the Sun
Hertzsprung-Russell Diagrams and Main Sequence Stars
Habitable Zones around Other Stars
Problems for Planets Orbiting Early-Type Stars
Problems for Planets Orbiting Late-Type Stars
Further Extensions of the Habitable Zone Concept
The Galactic Habitable Zone
How to Find Another Earth
Indirect Detection of Planets around Other Stars
Barnard's Star
The Astrometric Method
Pulsar Planets
The Doppler Effect
The Radial Velocity Method
Gravitational Microlensing
Finding and Characterizing Planets by Using Transits
Transits of Mercury and Venus
Transits of Extrasolar "Hot Jupiters"
Space-Based Transit Searches: CoRoT and Kepler
Observing Exoplanet Atmospheres during Transits
Secondary Transit Spectroscopy
Characterizing Earth-Like Planets around M Stars
Direct Detection of Extrasolar Planets
What Wavelength Region Should We Choose?
Infrared Interferometers: TPF-I and Darwin
Searching for Planets at Visible Wavelengths: TPF-C
The Visible Occulter: TPF-O
Nearby Target Stars
The Spectroscopic Search for Life
Spectral Resolution
The Visible/Near-IR Region: TPF-C or -O
The Thermal-IR Region: TPF-I or Darwin
Looking for Life on Early Earth-Type Planets
Possible False Positives for Life
Polarization Measurements: Looking for the Glint of Surface Water
The Holy Grail: Simultaneous Detection of O<sub>2</sub> and Reduced Gases
Prospects for the More Distant Future
NASA's Life Finder Mission
Using the Sun as a Gravitational Lens
The Drake Equation Revisited: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Notes
Index

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