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Revolutions that made the Earth

Author: Tim Lenton; A J Watson
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Lenton; A J Watson
ISBN: 9780199673469 0199673462 9780199587049 0199587043
OCLC Number: 822959049
Notes: Originally published: 2011.
Description: xii, 423 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface ; PART I - INTRODUCTION ; 1. Origins ; 2. Carbon and oxygen ; 3. Russion dolls ; 4. The revolutions ; PART II - THEORY ; 5. The anthropic Earth ; 6. The critical steps ; 7. Playing Gaia ; PART III - THE OYGEN REVOLUTION ; 8. Photosynthesis ; 9. The trial of the oxygen poisoners ; 10. The Great Oxidation ; PART IV - THE COMPLEXITY REVOLUTION ; 11. Life gets an upgrade ; 12. When did eukaryotes evolve? ; 13. The not-so-boring billion ; 14. The Neoproterozoic ; PART V - INTERLUDE ; 15. Animals and oxygen ; 16. The grand recycling coalition ; 17. Rolls of the dice ; PART VI - A NEW REVOLUTION? ; 18. Climate wobbles ; 19. The origins of us ; 20. Review ; 21. Where next?
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[an] interesting and provocative read. * Meric Srokosz, Ocean Challenge * An exciting, timely, scholarly, and innovative book. * Tyler Volk, New York University, author of CO(2) Rising: The World's Read more...

 
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