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By Joseph Gale

ISBN-10: 0199205809

ISBN-13: 9780199205806

ISBN-10: 0199205817

ISBN-13: 9780199205813

The learn of existence in our universe has been given the identify 'astrobiology'. it's a rather new topic, yet now not a brand new self-discipline because it brings jointly numerous mature fields of technological know-how together with astronomy, geology, biology, and climatology. An realizing of the singular stipulations that allowed the single instance of existence that we all know exists to emerge and live on on our turbulent planet is vital if we're to hunt solutions to 2 primary questions dealing with humanity: will existence (and specially human existence) proceed on the earth, and does lifestyles exist in other places within the universe?

Astrobiology of Earth adopts a distinct procedure that differs from so much texts within the box which specialize in the potential for extraterrestrial existence. against this, the vital subject of this ebook is the fortuitous mix of various cosmic elements that jointly produced the unique surroundings which enabled the emergence, endurance and evolution of lifestyles on our personal planet, culminating in humanity. This atmosphere has been topic to consistent and chaotic switch in the course of life's 3.6 billion 12 months heritage. The geologically very contemporary visual appeal of people and their influence at the biosphere is mentioned on the subject of its deterioration in addition to weather switch. the hunt for extraterrestrial existence is taken into account so one can the advice that people could break out a depleted Earth through colonizing the universe.

This ebook contributes to our realizing of astrobiology from the viewpoint of lifestyles in the world and particularly human welfare and survival. Astronomical and geological phenomena are comparable in flip to their organic relevance and influence. This introductory textual content assumes very little past wisdom of extra really good medical fields and is designed for undergraduate and graduate point scholars taking comparable classes in departments of biology, earth science/geology, and environmental technology. it is going to additionally function an invaluable biology primer for astronomy majors.

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