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Ward, Peter D. (Peter Douglas) 1949-

Overview
Works: 56 works in 281 publications in 5 languages and 20,424 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Director
Classifications: QE721.2.E97, 576.839
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Peter D Ward
Under a green sky : global warming, the mass extinctions of the past, and what they can tell us about our future by Peter D Ward( Book )

15 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than 200 million years ago, a cataclysm known as the Permian extinction destroyed nearly 97 percent of all living things. Its origins have long been a puzzle. Paleontologist Ward, fresh from helping prove that an asteroid had killed the dinosaurs, turned to the Permian problem, and he has come to a stunning conclusion: that the near-total devastation at the end of the Permian period was caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide leading to climate change. The story of the discovery makes for a globe-spanning adventure. Here, Ward explains how the Permian extinction as well as four others happened, and describes the freakish oceans--belching poisonous gas--and sky--slightly green and always hazy--that would have attended them. Those ancient upheavals demonstrate that the threat of climate change cannot be ignored, lest the world's life today--ourselves included--face the same dire fate.--From publisher description
Rare earth : why complex life is uncommon in the universe by Peter D Ward( Book )

32 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this introduction to the emerging field of astrobiology, a distinguished paleontologist and a noted astronomer team up to provide a fascinating synthesis of what's now known about the rise of life on Earth and how it sheds light on possibilities for organic life forms elsewhere in the universe. Illustrations. First book to synthesize discoveries from astronomy & paleontology regarding the advent of life on earth, & the potential for the development of life on other planets
Life as we do not know it : the NASA search for (and synthesis of) alien life by Peter D Ward( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 1,339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an examination of the possibilty of life that is alien to planet Earth, providing a discussion of the nature of life itself, its limits, what alien life might be like, and how it can be created artificially
On Methuselah's trail : living fossils and the great extinctions by Peter D Ward( Book )

15 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The call of distant mammoths : why the ice age mammals disappeared by Peter D Ward( Book )

15 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and Japanese and held by 1,169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the impact of humans on the extinction of animals, focusing particulary on mammoths in the Ice Age, but also including mass extinctions throughout history, such as marsupial lions and giant kangaroos in Australia, the giant moa in New Zealand, and various prehistoric animals in North America, all of which followed the spread of the first humans in those regions
Gorgon : paleontology, obsession, and the greatest catastrophe in earth's history by Peter D Ward( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The gorgons ruled the land long before there were any dinosaurs, until an environmental cataclysm 250 million years ago annihilated them--along with 90 percent of all plant and animal species on the planet--in an event so terrible even the extinction of the dinosaurs pales in comparison. For more than a decade, Ward and his colleagues have been searching South Africa's Karoo Desert for clues to this world: What were these animals like? How did they live and, more important, how did they die? In this book, Ward examines the fate of this little-known prehistoric animal and its contemporaries, the ancestors of the turtle, the crocodile, the lizard, and eventually dinosaurs. He offers theories on these mass extinctions and confronts the implications they hold for us.--From publisher description
The life and death of planet Earth : how the new science of astrobiology charts the ultimate fate of our world by Peter D Ward( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 1,060 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Planet Earth is middle-aged. Science has worked hard to piece together the story of the evolution of our world up to this point, but only recently have we developed the understanding and the tools to describe the entire life cycle of a planet. Ward and Brownlee, a geologist and an astronomer respectively, combine their knowledge of how the critical sustaining systems of our planet evolve through time with their understanding of the life cycles of stars and solar systems, to tell the story of the second half of Earth's life. The process of evolution will essentially reverse itself: life as we know it will subside until only the simplest forms remain. Eventually, they too will disappear. The oceans will evaporate, the atmosphere will degrade, and, as the sun slowly expands, Earth itself will eventually meet a fiery end. --From publisher description
Rivers in time : the search for clues to earth's mass extinctions by Peter D Ward( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 997 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Several times in the distant past, catastrophic extinctions have swept the Earth, causing more than half of all species - from single-celled organisms to awe-inspiring behemoths - to suddenly vanish and be replaced by new life forms. Today the rich diversity of life on the Earth is again in grave danger - and the cause is not a sudden cataclysmic event but rather humankind's devastation of the environment. Is life on our planet teetering on the brink of another mass extinction? In this new book, acclaimed paleontologist Peter D. Ward answers this daunting question with a resounding yes"--Jacket
The flooded earth : our future in a world without ice caps by Peter D Ward( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The effects of three feet of sea-level rise will be massive. Nine feet will be catastrophic. Incursions of salt into the water table will destroy most of our best agricultural land--for instance, the Central Valley of California--and corrosion will devour the electrical and fiber-optic systems of coastal cities, as well as our roads and bridges. Amsterdam, Miami, Venice, and other cities, might have to be abandoned. The melting of the ice caps will not be a slow trickle of water into the sea; it will release armadas of icebergs that will make shipping in the Southern Ocean hazardous or impossible. As icebound regions melt, new sources of oil, gas, minerals, and arable land will also be revealed--as will fierce geopolitical battles over who owns the rights to them." "In The Flooded Earth, species extinction expert Peter D. Ward describes in intricate detail what our world will look like in 2050, 2100, 2300, and beyond. In this blueprint for a foreseeable future, Ward also explains what politicians and policy makers around the world should be doing now to head off the worst consequences of an inevitable transformation, including the complete melting of the ice sheets, stagnant oceans, and greenhouse extinction."--Jacket
The end of evolution : on mass extinctions and the preservation of biodiversity by Peter D Ward( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 962 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this rich, accessible book Ward gives us reason to marvel and mourn, fear and hope - and clearly demonstrates the urgency of the need to preserve life as we know it before our time runs out"--Jacket
Out of thin air : dinosaurs, birds, and Earth's ancient atmosphere by Peter D Ward( Book )

19 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and Japanese and held by 870 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the effect of changing oxygen levels in Earth's atmosphere on evolution and mass extinctions, and presents the theory that saurischian dinosaurs were able to weather two mass extinctions because of a new, more efficient respiratory system, which was in turn inherited by their descendants the birds
Future evolution by Peter D Ward( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Full of Alexis Rockman's color images of what animals, plants, and other organisms might look like thousands and millions of years from now, Future Evolution takes readers on a journey through time from the deep past into the far future
A new history of life : the radical new discoveries about the origins and evolution of life on earth by Peter D Ward( Book )

11 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The history of life on Earth is, in some form or another, known to us all-- or so we think. [This book] offers a provocative new account, based on the latest scientific research, of how modern lifeforms evolved"--Amazon.com
The medea hypothesis : is life on earth ultimately self-destructive? by Peter D Ward( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Medea Hypothesis, renowned paleontologist Peter Ward proposes a revolutionary and provocative vision of life's relationship with the Earth's biosphere - one that has frightening implications for our future, yet also offers hope. Using the latest discoveries from the geological record, he argues that life might be its own worst enemy. This stands in stark contrast to James Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis - the idea that life sustains habitable conditions on Earth. In answer to Gaia, which draws on the idea of the "good mother" who nurtures life, Ward invokes Medea, the mythical mother who killed her own children. Could life by its very nature threaten its own existence? According to the Medea hypothesis, it does. Ward demonstrates that all but one of the mass extinctions that have struck Earth were caused by life itself. He looks at our planet's history in a new way, revealing an Earth that is witnessing an alarming decline of diversity and biomass - a decline brought on by life's own "biocidal" tendencies. And the Medea hypothesis applies not just to our planet - -its dire prognosis extends to all potential life in the universe. Yet life on Earth doesn't have to be lethal. Ward shows why, but warns that our time is running out."--Jacket
In search of nautilus : three centuries of scientific adventures in the deep Pacific to capture a prehistoric, living fossil by Peter D Ward( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 1995 in English and Japanese and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Global catastrophes in earth history : an interdisciplinary conference on impacts, volcanism, and mass mortality( Book )

11 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The natural history of Nautilus by Peter D Ward( Book )

9 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Time machines : scientific explorations in deep time by Peter D Ward( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The time machine is one of the classic devices of science fiction, a source of endless wonder and inventiveness. In a book that transfers that sense of wonder and inventiveness to the realm of nonfiction, Peter Ward shows that paleontologists do indeed use time machines to probe the deep geological past, and that both the machines and the people using them come in a fantastic variety of types. Sometimes the time machine is as simple as a rock hammer or as humble as a magnifying glass; other times it is an esoteric piece of equipment such as a mass spectrometer. Always, the most important element is the imagination of the scientists willing to take the scientific and creative risks of plumbing the distant past of our planet and its great bestiary. In 10 separate essays united by this common theme, Time Machines prowls the world of steamy Mesozoic days and fetid Paleozoic nights to rediscover the grace and beauty of Earth's faraway past
Mollusks : notes for a short course by David J Bottjer( Book )

7 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The end of evolution : dinosaurs, mass extinction and biodiversity by Peter D Ward( Book )

8 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Under a green sky : global warming, the mass extinctions of the past, and what they can tell us about our future
Alternative Names
Peter Ward Amerikaans paleontoloog

Peter Ward US-amerikanischer Paläontologe und Professor der Biologie, Erd- und Weltraumwissenschaften

Ward, P. D.

Ward, P. D. 1949-

Ward, P. D. (Peter Douglas), 1949-

Ward, Peter

Ward, Peter 1949-

Ward, Peter D.

Ward, Peter D. 1949-

Ward, Peter D. (Peter Douglas), 1949-

Ward, Peter Douglas 1949-

Уорд, Питер

וורד, פיטר דגלס 1949-

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워드, 피터 1949-

워드, 피터 D. 1949-

워드, 피터 더글라스 1949-

피터 워드

ウォード, ピーター

ウォード, ピーター・D

ウォード, ピーター・ダグラス

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Rare earth : why complex life is uncommon in the universeLife as we do not know it : the NASA search for (and synthesis of) alien lifeOn Methuselah's trail : living fossils and the great extinctionsThe call of distant mammoths : why the ice age mammals disappearedGorgon : paleontology, obsession, and the greatest catastrophe in earth's historyThe life and death of planet Earth : how the new science of astrobiology charts the ultimate fate of our worldRivers in time : the search for clues to earth's mass extinctionsThe flooded earth : our future in a world without ice caps