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Ancient Earth, ancient skies : the age of Earth and its cosmic surroundings

Author: G Brent Dalrymple
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Planet Earth and the other bodies of the Solar System are 4.5 billion years old. They reside in a galaxy that is 12-14 billion years old, and are part of a universe that is 13-15 billion years old.  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: G Brent Dalrymple
ISBN: 0804749329 9780804749329 0804749337 9780804749336
OCLC Number: 53331682
Description: ix, 247 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Sleuthing the past --
The birth of the universe, the galaxy, the solar system, and earth --
Early attempts --
Clocks in rocks: how radiometric dating works --
Earth's most ancient rocks --
Moon rocks: samples for our nearest neighbor --
Meteorites: ancient wanderers of the solar system --
Lead isotopes: hourglass of the solar system --
The formation history of earth and meteorites: sorting out the details --
The ages of the universe, the galaxy, and the elements --
Summing up and looking ahead.
Responsibility: G. Brent Dalrymple.
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