An Introduction to the Earth-life System

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Februar 2008



This concise textbook combines Earth and biological sciences to explore the co-evolution of the Earth and life over geological time.


1. A habitable planet;
2. The emergence and persistence of life;
3. The carbon cycle;
4. Plate tectonics, climate and life;
5. Mountains and climate change;
6. Life in the Phanerozoic;
7. The Earth at extremes;
8. Summary; Answers to questions; Appendices; Further reading; Glossary; Index.


Charles Cockell is Professor of Microbiology at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. His academic interests lie in geomicrobiology, astrobiology and space exploration and he has undertaken expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, among other places, to study life in extreme environments. Professor Cockell has written and edited six other books including Impossible Extinction (Cambridge University Press, 2003).


'This innovative Earth science textbook provides a thoroughly new way to look at the history of Earth and life. The pedagogic aspects are particularly well thought through and current research case studies, engaging questions, and practical examples will be beneficial to both students and instructors.' Mike Benton, University of Bristol '... this textbook will be suitable for geoscience educators as well as for students as a stimulating reading or an invitation to more profound thinking. ... Nature amateurs and professional geoscientists may find this book a good source of information on selected subjects like the carbon cycle or the influences of the mountain growth on climate.' Palaontologie Allgemeine '... well illustrated ... very accessible ...' The Geographical Journal
EAN: 9780521729536
ISBN: 052172953X
Untertitel: 220 colour illus. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Cambridge University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2008
Seitenanzahl: 326 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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