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Astrobiology of Earth : the emergence, evolution, and future of life on a planet in turmoil

Author: J Gale
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The study of life in our universe has been given the name 'astrobiology'. It is a relatively new subject, but not a new discipline since it brings together several mature fields of science including astronomy, geology, biology, and climatology. An understanding of the singular conditions that allowed the only example of life that we know exists to emerge and survive on our turbulent planet is essential if we are to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Gale, J. (Joseph), 1931-
Astrobiology of Earth.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J Gale
ISBN: 0191548359 9780191548352
OCLC Number: 528423454
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 245 pages) : illustrations
Contents: What is life? Why water? --
The universe from the perspective of biology --
The Solar System and life on Earth: I --
The Solar System and life on Earth: II --
Early and present Earth and its circumnavigation of the Sun --
Origin of life and photosynthesis --
Setting the stage for the evolution of life on a tumultuous planet --
Mechanisms of evolution: from first cells and extremophiles to complex life --
The evolution of humans and their interaction with the biosphere --
In search of extraterrestrial life.
Responsibility: Joseph Gale.

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An understanding of the unique conditions that allowed life to emerge and exist today on our planet is essential if we are to answer two fundamental questions facing humanity - the continuation of  Read more...
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