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The life and death of planet Earth : how the new science of astrobiology charts the ultimate fate of our world

Author: Peter D Ward; Donald Brownlee
Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2003, ©2002.
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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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter D Ward; Donald Brownlee
ISBN: 0805067817 9780805067811 0805075127 9780805075120
OCLC Number: 50322946
Description: 240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Our blink of time --
The wondrous machine --
The life span of habitable planets --
The return of the glaciers --
The return of the supercontinent --
The end of plant life --
The end of animals --
The loss of the oceans --
Red giant --
Accidental Armageddon --
What trace will we leave? --
The ends of worlds and the Drake Equation --
The great escape --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Peter D. Ward, Donald Brownlee.
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Draws on current findings in astrobiology to chart the story of the second half of the planet Earth's life, predicting that the process of planetary evolution will effectively reverse itself until  Read more...

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