An Introduction to the Earth-Life System

Author: Charles Cockell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521493918

Category: Science

Page: 319

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

An Introduction to the Science of Conservation

Author: Michael P. Marchetti,Peter B. Moyle

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520264320

Category: Nature

Page: 220

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"An excellent introduction to the science and policy of conservation biology for anyone interested in becoming better informed about today's pressing environmental challenges." Wayne P. Sousa, University of California, Berkeley --
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An Introduction to Astrobiology

Author: Andrew Conway

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521837361

Category: Science

Page: 358

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An elementary university text about life in the universe for introductory courses in astrobiology.
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Geological Field Techniques

Author: Angela L. Coe

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 144434823X

Category: Science

Page: 336

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The understanding of Earth processes and environments over geological time is highly dependent upon both the experience that can only be gained through doing fieldwork, and the collection of reliable data and appropriate samples in the field. This textbook explains the main data gathering techniques used by geologists in the field and the reasons for these, with emphasis throughout on how to make effective field observations and record these in suitable formats. Equal weight is given to assembling field observations from igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rock types. There are also substantial chapters on producing a field notebook, collecting structural information, recording fossil data and constructing geological maps. The volume is in a robust and handy size, with colour coded chapters for ease of use and quick reference in the field. Geological Field Techniques is designed for students, amateur enthusiasts and professionals who have a background in geology and wish to collect field data on rocks and geological features. Teaching aspects of this textbook include: step-by-step guides to essential practical skills such as using a compass-clinometer, making a geological map and drawing a field sketch; tricks of the trade, checklists, flow charts and short worked examples; over 200 illustrations of a wide range of field notes, maps and geological features; appendices with the commonly used rock description and classification diagrams; a supporting website hosted by Wiley Blackwell.
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An Introduction to Astrobiology

Author: David A. Rothery,Iain Gilmour,Mark A. Sephton

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110843083X

Category: Science

Page: 398

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This updated third edition explores the origin and nature of life, habitable environments in our solar system and exoplanet discoveries.
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Earth System Science

From Biogeochemical Cycles to Global Changes

Author: Michael Jacobson,Robert J. Charlson,Henning Rodhe,Gordon H. Orians

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 0080530648

Category: Science

Page: 527

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Over the last decade, the study of cycles as a model for the earth's changing climate has become a new science. Earth Systems Science is the basis for understanding all aspects of anthropogenic global change, such as chemically forced global climate change. The work is aimed at those students interested in the emerging scientific discipline. Earth Systems Science is an integrated discipline that has been rapidly developing over the last two decades. New information is included in this updated edition so that the text remains relevant. This volume contains five new chapters, but of special importance is the inclusion of an expanded set of student exercises. The two senior authors are leading scientists in their fields and have been awarded numerous prizes for their research efforts. * First edition was widely adopted * Authors are highly respected in their field * Global climate change, integral to the book, is now one of the most important issues in atmospheric sciences and oceanography
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An Introduction to the Solar System

Author: Neil McBride,Iain Gilmour

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521546201

Category: Science

Page: 412

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Compiled by a team of experts, this textbook has been designed for introductory university courses in planetary science. It starts with a tour of the Solar System and an overview of its formation. The composition, internal structure, surface morphology and atmospheres of the terrestrial planets are then described. This leads naturally to a discussion of the giant planets and why they are compositionally different. Minor bodies are reviewed and the book concludes with a discussion of the origin of the Solar System and the evidence from meteorites. Written in an accessible style that avoids complex mathematics, and illustrated in colour throughout, this book is suitable for self-study and will appeal to amateur enthusiasts as well as undergraduate students. It contains numerous helpful learning features such as boxed summaries, student exercises with full solutions, and a glossary of terms. The book is also supported by a website hosting further teaching materials.
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Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction

Author: David C. Catling

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199586454

Category: Science

Page: 142

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Examines the origins of life on Earth and the search for extraterrestrial life, through an understanding of the factors that have allowed life to exist on this planet and the commonalities on others that may enable life elsewhere.
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How to Build a Habitable Planet

The Story of Earth from the Big Bang to Humankind

Author: Charles H. Langmuir,Wally Broecker

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691140065

Category: Science

Page: 718

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Rev. and expanded ed. of: How to build a habitable planet / Wallace S. Broecker. 1985.
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Encyclopedia of the Solar System

Author: Lucy-Ann McFadden,Torrence Johnson,Paul Weissman

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780080474984

Category: Science

Page: 992

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Long before Galileo published his discoveries about Jupiter, lunar craters, and the Milky Way in the Starry Messenger in 1610, people were fascinated with the planets and stars around them. That interest continues today, and scientists are making new discoveries at an astounding rate. Ancient lake beds on Mars, robotic spacecraft missions, and new definitions of planets now dominate the news. How can you take it all in? Start with the new Encyclopedia of the Solar System, Second Edition. This self-contained reference follows the trail blazed by the bestselling first edition. It provides a framework for understanding the origin and evolution of the solar system, historical discoveries, and details about planetary bodies and how they interact—and has jumped light years ahead in terms of new information and visual impact. Offering more than 50% new material, the Encyclopedia includes the latest explorations and observations, hundreds of new color digital images and illustrations, and more than 1,000 pages. It stands alone as the definitive work in this field, and will serve as a modern messenger of scientific discovery and provide a look into the future of our solar system. · Forty-seven chapters from 75+ eminent authors review fundamental topics as well as new models, theories, and discussions · Each entry is detailed and scientifically rigorous, yet accessible to undergraduate students and amateur astronomers · More than 700 full-color digital images and diagrams from current space missions and observatories amplify the chapters · Thematic chapters provide up-to-date coverage, including a discussion on the new International Astronomical Union (IAU) vote on the definition of a planet · Information is easily accessible with numerous cross-references and a full glossary and index
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