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How to Build a Habitable Planet: The Story of Earth From the Big Bang to Humankind

Charles H. Langmuir and Wally Broecker
Format
Book
Published
Princeton, N.J. ; Woodstock : Princeton University Press, c2012.
Edition
Rev. and expanded ed
Language
English
ISBN
9780691140063 (hbk.), 0691140065 (hbk.)
Contents
  • Chapter 1. Introduction: Earth abd life as natural systems
  • Chapter 2. The setting: the Big Bang and galaxy formation
  • Chapter 3. The raw material: synthesis of elements in stars
  • Chapter 4. Preliminary fabrication: fomation of organic and inorganic molecules
  • Chapter 5. The heavy construction: the formation of planets and moons from a solar nebula
  • Chapter 6. The schedule: quantifying the timescale with radionnuclides
  • Chapter 7. Interior modifications: segregation into core, mantle, crust, ocean, and atmosphere
  • Chapter 8. Contending with the neighbors: moons, asteriods, comets, and impacts
  • Chapter 9. Making it comfortable: running water, temperature control, and sun protection
  • Chapter 10. Establishing the circulation: plate tectonics
  • Chapter 11. Internal circulation: mantle convection and its relationship to the surface
  • Chapter 12. Linking the layers: solid earth, liquid ocean, and gaseous atmosphere
  • Chapter 13. Colonizing the surface: the origin of life as a planetary process
  • Chapter 14. Dealing with the competition: the roles of evolution and extinction in creating the diversity of life
  • Chapter 15. Energizing the surface: coevolution to create a planetary fuel cell
  • Chapter 16. Exterio modification: the record of oxidation of the planetary surface
  • Chapter 17. Planetary evolution: the importance of catastrophes and the questions of directionality
  • Chapter 18. Coping with the weather: causes and consequences of naturally induced climate change
  • Chapter 19. The rise of homo sapiens: access to earth's treasure chest permits a planetary takevoer
  • Chapter 20. Mankind at the Helm: human civilization in a planetary context
  • Chapter 31. Are we alone? the question of habitability in the universe
Description
xvi, 718 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Notes
  • Rev. and expanded ed. of: How to build a habitable planet / Wallace S. Broecker. 1985.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
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