Early Earth Systems A Geochemical Approach

ISBN-10: 1405122552

ISBN-13: 9781405122559

Edition: 2007

List price: $109.00
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Description: Providing a history of the Earth from its beginnings to the end of the Archaean period, this work examines the evolution of the mantle, the origin of the continental crust, the origin and evolution of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans, and the origin of life. It is aimed at environmental scientists and biologists.

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Book details

List price: $109.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/23/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

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Preface
The Earth System
Introduction
The nature of the early geological record
Archaean lithological associations
The oldest rocks
How much do we really know about the early Earth?
The origin and differentiation of the Earth
The origin and early history of the Universe
Star formation
The condensation of the Solar System
Earth differentiation - the first Earth system
The evolution of the Earth's mantle
Understanding the mantle
The Earth's earliest mantle
Mantle models
The origin of the continental crust
Modern crust formation - models and mechanisms
First order constraints on the origin of the continental crust
The secular evolution of the Earth's continental crust
Crustal growth during the Archaean
Crust-mantle interactions: reservoirs and fluxes
The origin of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans
The volatile budget of the modern Earth
The origin of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans
The nature of the Archaean atmosphere
The nature of the Archaean oceans
The origin of life
Setting the scene for life
Geochemical signals of biological activity
The geological record of life's origins
The microbial record of life's origins
In the beginning
Post-script
References
Index
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