An Introduction to the Earth-Life System

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Charles Cockell
Cambridge University Press, Feb 28, 2008 - Science - 319 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

A HABITABLE PLANET
1
Summary of Chapter I
57
Summary of Chapter 2
100
Summary of Chapter 3
136
Summary of Chapter 4
164
Summary of Chapter 5
192
Summary of Chapter 6
227
Learning outcomes for Chapter 7
269
CHAPTERS ENDOFBOOK SUMMARY
271
APPENDICES
294
FURTHER READING
308
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Charles Cockell is Professor of Microbiology at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. His academic interests lie in geomicrobiology, astrobiology and space exploration and he has undertaken expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, among other places, to study life in extreme environments. Professor Cockell has written and edited six other books including Impossible Extinction (Cambridge University Press, 2003).

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