Living Earth: A short history of life and its home

Living Earth: A short history of life and its home

by E. G. Nisbet (Author)


"Living Earth" outlines the history of life on earth, showing how the biosphere and planet have evolved together as a single complex system. The contents comprehensively survey the course of events and describe the circumstances that have led up to life on Earth as scientists understand it today. Starting with the origins of the solar system, the text demonstrates how life has developed with the physical evolution of the planet. It also examines how, throughout geological history, the planet has shaped life and how life has shaped the planet, governing the atmosphere and influencing the geological evolution of the continents and oceans. This account includes topics such as: precambrian life and geological evolution; the development of the eukaryotes; the evolution of the vertebrates; continental drift, sea floor spreading and plate tectonics; the history of the atmosphere; the construction of an interdependent biosphere. This book should be of interest to first year geology or environmental science undergraduate students taking a general introductory course in the history of the earth; biology and geology students as an invaluable introduction to the history of life; and arts and social science students taking a general introductory science course.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 258
Edition: 1991
Publisher: Springer
Published: 30 Jun 1991

ISBN 10: 0412530503
ISBN 13: 9780412530500
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