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The life and death of planet Earth

how the new science of astrobiology charts the ultimate fate of our world

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Published by Times Books in New York .
Written in English

About the Edition

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 understanding of the life cycles of stars and solar systems, to tell the story of the second half of Earth's life. The process of evolution will essentially reverse itself: life as we know it will subside until only the simplest forms remain. Eventually, they too will disappear. The oceans will evaporate, the atmosphere will degrade, and, as the sun slowly expands, Earth itself will eventually meet a fiery end. --From publisher description.

Table of 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.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [215]-226) and index.

Copyright Date
2002

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
525/.01
Library of Congress
QB638.8 .W37 2003

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
240 p. :
Number of pages
240
Dimensions
9.7 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
Weight
1.1 pounds

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7932727M
Internet Archive
isbn_9780805067811
ISBN 10
0805067817
LC Control Number
2002029115
OCLC/WorldCat
50322946
Library Thing
379251
Goodreads
4047782
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