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Young Sun, early Earth and the origins of life : lessons for astrobiology

Author: Muriel Gargaud; et al
Publisher: Berlin ; London : Springer, 2012.
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- How did the Sun come into existence? - How was the Earth formed? - How long has Earth been the way it is now, with its combination of oceans and continents? - How do you define 'life'? - How did the first life forms emerge? - What conditions made it possible for living things to evolve? All these questions are answered in this colourful textbook addressing undergraduate students in "Origins of Life" courses and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Young Sun, early Earth and the origins of life.
Berlin ; London : Springer, 2012
(OCoLC)815366997
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Muriel Gargaud; et al
ISBN: 9783642225529 3642225527
OCLC Number: 825767210
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: The Formation of the Sun and Planets --
Formation and Early Infancy of the Earth --
Water, Continents, and Organic Matter... --
Intermezzo: The Gestation of Life and its First Steps --
The Late Heavy Bombardment --
The Messages from the Oldest Terrestrial Rocks --
A Planet Where Life Diversifies --
Other Planets, Other Living Worlds?
Responsibility: Muriel Gargaud ... [et al.] ; translated by Storm Dunlop.
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This volume takes the reader on an amazing voyage through time, beginning over five million years ago, in a cloud of interstellar dust. The text explores the origins of life and provides an overview  Read more...

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