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Rare earth : why complex life is uncommon in the universe

Author: Peter D Ward; Donald Brownlee
Publisher: New York : Copernicus, ©2000.
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Presents a synthesis of what is known about the development of life on Earth and how this sheds light on possibilities for organic life forms elsewhere in the Universe. This book provides argument  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter D Ward; Donald Brownlee
ISBN: 0387987010 9780387987019
OCLC Number: 875341470
Description: XXVIII, 333 p. ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface & Acknowledgments.- Introduction: The Astrobiology Revolution and the Rare Earth Hypothesis.- Why Life Might be Widespread in the Universe.- Habitable Zones of the Universe.- Building a Habitable Earth.- Lifes First Evolution on Earth.- How to Build Animals.- Snowball Earth.- The Enigma of Cambrian Explosion.- Mass Extinctions and the Rare Earth Hypothesis.- The Surprising Importance of Plate Tectonics.- The Moon, Jupiter, and Life on Earth.- Testing the Rare Earth Hypothesis.- Assessing the Odds.- Cultural Implications.- References.
Responsibility: Peter D. Ward, Donald Brownlee.


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