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Revolutions that Made the Earth.

Author: Tim Lenton; Andrew Watson
Publisher: Oxford : OUP Oxford, 2011.
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The Earth that sustains us today was born out of a few remarkable, near-catastrophic revolutions, started by biological innovations and marked by global environmental consequences. The revolutions have certain features in common, such as an increase in the complexity, energy utilization, and information processing capabilities of life. This book describes these revolutions, showing the fundamental interdependence of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Lenton, Tim.
Revolutions that Made the Earth.
Oxford : OUP Oxford, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Lenton; Andrew Watson
ISBN: 9780191501777 0191501778
OCLC Number: 857365374
Description: 1 online resource (762 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedications; Preface; Contents; List of Abbreviations; Part I: Introduction; Chapter 1: Origins; Chapter 2: Carbon and oxygen; Chapter 3: Russian dolls; Chapter 4: The revolutions; Part II: Theory; Chapter 5: The anthropic Earth; Chapter 6: The critical steps; Chapter 7: Playing Gaia; Part III: The oxygen revolution; Chapter 8: Photosynthesis; Chapter 9: The trial of the oxygen poisoners; Chapter 10: The Great Oxidation; Part IV: The complexity revolution; Chapter 11: Life gets an upgrade; Chapter 12: When did eukaryotes evolve? Chapter 13: The not-so-boring billionChapter 14: The Neoproterozoic; Part V: Interlude; Chapter 15: Animals and oxygen; Chapter 16: The grand recycling coalition; Chapter 17: Rolls of the dice; Part VI: A new revolution?; Chapter 18: Climate wobbles; Chapter 19: The origins of us; Chapter 20: Review; Chapter 21: Where next?; Index; Footnote; Ch01-fn; Ch02-fn; Ch03-fn; Ch06-fn; Ch07-fn; Ch08-fn; Ch11-fn; Ch21-fn; Environment.

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The Earth that sustains us today was born out of a few remarkable, near-catastrophic revolutions, started by biological innovations and marked by global environmental consequences. The revolutions have certain features in common, such as an increase in the complexity, energy utilization, and information processing capabilities of life. This book describes these revolutions, showing the fundamental interdependence of the evolution of life and its non-living environment. We would notexist unless these upheavals had led eventually to 'successful' outcomes - meaning that after each one, at length.

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