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Water from Heaven The Story of Water from the Big Bang to the Rise of Civilization, and Beyond

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ISBN-10: 0231122446

ISBN-13: 9780231122443

Edition: 2003

Authors: Robert S. Kandel, Robert Kandel

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Covering a vast array of scientific fields and recent discoveries, this text tracks the substance water in its liquid, solid and gaseous states as it cycles through the seas, the atmosphere, land, icecaps and under the earth.
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List price: $90.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 3/17/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.20" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Prologue
Priming the Pump
The States of Water
Some Remarkable Properties
Water's Many Cycles
Water in the Universe from the Big Bang to the Appearance of Man
Beginnings
From Hydrogen to Oxygen, and All the Rest
Water in the Interstellar Medium
The Churning of the Earth
Saving the Water at the Birth of the Planets
Primordial Waters--from Inside the Earth or from Outside?
Outgassing and Deluge
A Living Solid Earth: Oceans, Sea-floor spreading, Continental Drift, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes
Origin and Evolution of Life
An Extraterrestrial Origin?
Matter Living and Inert
Where and When Did Life Appear?
Life Without the Sun at the Bottom of the Sea
The Invention of Photosynthesis and the Conquest of Dry Land
Catastrophes
Climbing Up an Evolutionary Ladder?
Mass Extinctions
The Demise of the Dinosaurs
Deadly Impact
Man the Exterminator
Ice, Moon, and Planets
The Moon, Time, and Tide
The Precession of the Equinoxes
The Moon and Milankovitch
Ice on the Move
Ice in the Tropics
Water in Today's World
Water and Energy Cycles
Ice Budgets
Water Budgets: Clouds, Rain, and Snow
Water Budgets: Evaporation, Condensation, and Latent Heat
Energy Budgets and the Greenhouse Effect
Latitudes and Seasons
Land and Sea
Winds, Waves, and Currents
The Tropical Furnace and the Hadley Circulation
East Winds, West Winds, and the Gyrations of the Oceans
Land and Sea: Monsoons
East-West: El Nino, La Nina, and the Pacific Basin
North-South: The Atlantic
Water's Deep Memories
The Salt of the Sea
The Great Conveyor Belt
Foreseeable Accidents, or Surprises?
Clouds, Rain, and Angry Skies
Making Rain
Stability or Instability?
From Fair-weather Cumulus to Cumulonimbus: Convection and Precipitation
Cyclones and Convective Cloud Systems
Tornadoes
Tropical Cyclones: Hurricanes and Typhoons
Gently Falling Snow and Rain
Acid Rain
Earth's Water, Between Sky and Sea
Watersheds and Water Flows
Vegetation, Evapotranspiration, and the Soil
Infiltration and Underground Water
Runoff: From Rills to Rivers
Along the Great Rivers
Water on the Continental Scale
Water in Human History, Past and Future
Water and Man's Rise to Civilization
Out of the Ice Age
The Nile
Water's Revenge
Drinking Water for the Cities
Clean But Toxic Water
Water Down the Drain
Water for Food
Land for Food?
Mosquitoes and Disease
Water for Industry
Water Business
Nuclear Power and Water
Problems for the 21st Century
A New Millennium?
The Water Resource
Satisfaction of Water Needs
Water Management: Cooperation or Conflict?
Water Between Israel and the Arabs
Butterflies and Humans in a Warming Greenhouse
The Butterfly Effect
The Greenhouse Effect
Global Warming?
The Real Risks
A New Deal in Water
Back to the Ice Age
The End of the Pleistocene?
From the Twentieth to the 21st Century
Finite and Infinite Resources
Avoidable Catastrophe
Conclusion--the End of the Story?
Back to the Beginning?
Notes
Bibliography
Index