The Earth As A Cradle For Life: The Origin, Evolution And Future Of The Environment, 1st Edition

  • Published By: World Scientific Publishing Company
  • ISBN-10: 9814508349
  • ISBN-13: 9789814508346
  • DDC: 550
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 308 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released January 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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The Earth as a Cradle for Life aims to fill the gap between readers who have a strong and informed scientific interest in the environment (but no access to the journal literature), and their desire for a basic understanding of the environment. It provides a comprehensive account, and requires no advanced mathematical skills. It will also satisfy a need for a textbook on fundamental science for students in tertiary environmental science courses that may otherwise neglect the underlying basis of their subject.The Earth as a Cradle takes a step back from common perceptions of the environment, and presents a new fundamental perspective. It draws attention to observations that have been neglected or discounted for reasons the authors found invalid, and which allow a more coherent account of the environment than is possible without them.Misunderstandings about the environment are common, even in the scientific community. They arise in part from the multi-disciplinary nature of the subject and the difficulty in keeping all relevant observations in mind and assessing their validity. These misunderstandings are often consequences of the band-wagon effect: when an idea is reinforced by repeated quotation and becomes difficult to contradict even when it is in obvious conflict with observations. This is especially so in a subject with strong media interest and conflicting commercial interests - and Cradle sweeps these considerations aside and presents a new environmental scenario.This book draws on several decades of research by the authors on fundamental Earth science, and presents probing insights on environmental questions that are not widely recognized - even in the professional community. For this reason it will become a landmark in the environmental science and Earth science literature.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Physical and Astronomical Foundations.
2: “The Age of the Earth as an Abode Fitted for Life” (Lord Kelvin, 1899).
3: Rotation, Tides and the Moon.
4: The Variable Sun and other Astronomical Effects.
5: The Magnetic Field.
6: The Evolving Earth.
7: Internal Heat and the Evolution of the Earth.
8: The Oceans.
9: Planetary Atmospheres and the Appearance of Free Oxygen.
10: Thermal Balance, the Greenhouse Effect and Sea Level.
11: Environmental Crises and Mass Extinctions of Species.
12: Stability of the Environment.
13: Inorganic Mineral Deposits as Products of an Evolving Environment.
14: Fossil Fuels, Buried Carbon and Photosynthetic Oxygen.
15: Human Influences.
16: Effects of Fossil Fuel Use.
17: A Comparison of Human Energy use with Natural Dissipations.
18: The Cradle is Rocking.
19: A Summary of Salient Conclusions.
Name Index.
Subject Index.
About the Authors.