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Author Langmuir, Charles Herbert, author

Title How to build a habitable planet : the story of Earth from the big bang to humankind / Charles H. Langmuir and Wally Broecker
Edition Revised and expanded edition
Published Princeton, New Jersy ; Woodstock, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom : Princeton University Press, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 718 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
Contents Introduction: Earth and life as natural systems -- The setting: The Big Bang and galaxy formation -- The raw material: Synthesis of elements in stars -- Preliminary fabrication: Fomation of organic and inorganic molecules -- The heavy construction: The formation of planets and moons from a solar nebula -- The schedule: Quantifying the timescale with radionuclides -- Interior modifications: Segregation into core, mantle, crust, ocean, and atmosphere -- Contending with the neighbors: Moons, asteroids, comets, and impacts -- Making it comfortable: Running water, temperature control, and sun protection -- Establishing the circulation: Plate tectonics -- Internal circulation: Mantle convection and its relationship to the surface -- Linking the layers: Solid earth, liquid ocean, and gaseous atmosphere -- Colonizing the surface: The origin of life as a planetary process -- Dealing with the competition: The roles of evolution and extinction in creating the diversity of life -- Energizing the surface: Coevolution of life and planet to create a planetary fuel cell -- Exterior modifications: The record of oxidation of the planetary surface -- Planetary evolution: The importance of catastrophes and the questions of directionality -- Coping with the weather: Causes and consequences of naturally induced climate change -- The rise of Homo Sapiens: Access to Earth's treasure chest permits a planetary takeover -- Mankind at the helm: Human civilization in a planetary context -- Are we alone?: The question of habitability in the universe
Summary Since its first publication more than twenty-five years ago, How to Build a Habitable Planet has established a legendary reputation as an accessible yet scientifically impeccable introduction to the origin and evolution of Earth, from the Big Bang through the rise of human civilization. This classic account of how our habitable planet was assembled from the stuff of stars introduced readers to planetary, Earth, and climate science by way of a fascinating narrative. Now this great book has been made even better. Harvard geochemist Charles Langmuir has worked closely with the original au
Notes "A Princeton University Press E-Book"--Cover
Rev. and expanded ed. of: How to build a habitable planet / Wallace S. Broecker. 1985
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from e-book title screen (EbscoHost platform, viewed February 23, 2016)
Subject Climatic changes.
Habitable planets.
Natural resources.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Earth (Planet) -- History.
Earth (Planet) -- Origin.
Solar system -- Origin.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Broecker, Wallace S., 1931-2019, author
ISBN 1283612968
1400841976 (electronic bk.)
9781400841974 (electronic bk.)