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Catastrophes and Lesser Calamities : the causes of mass extinctions.

Author: Tony Hallam
Publisher: Oxford : OUP Oxford, 2005.
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Renowned geologist Tony Hallam takes us on a tour of the Earth's history, and of the cataclysmic events, as well as the more gradual extinctions, that have punctuated life on Earth throughout the past 500 million years.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Hallam, Tony.
Catastrophes and Lesser Calamities : The causes of mass extinctions.
Oxford : OUP Oxford, ©2005
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Hallam
ISBN: 9780191513091 0191513091
OCLC Number: 960165805
Description: 1 online resource (241 pages)
Contents: List of illustrations; 1 In search of possible causes of mass extinctions; 2 Historical background; 3 Evidence for catastrophic organic changes in the geological record; 4 Impact by comets and asteroids; 5 Sea-level changes; 6 Oxygen deficiency in the oceans; 7 Climate change; 8 Volcanic activity; 9 Pulling the strands together; 10 The evolutionary significance of mass extinctions; 11 The influence of humans; Notes and suggestions for further reading; Bibliography; Glossary; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; Z; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L. MN; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Z.

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Renowned geologist Tony Hallam takes us on a tour of the Earth's history, and of the cataclysmic events, as well as the more gradual extinctions, that have punctuated life on Earth throughout the past 500 million years.

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