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An Introduction to the Earth-Life System

An Introduction to the Earth-Life System

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Charles Cockell, Richard Corfield, Neil Edwards, Nigel Harris
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  • Date Published: March 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521729536

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  • This concise undergraduate textbook brings together Earth and biological sciences to explore the co-evolution of the Earth and life over geological time. Written for a one-semester course, it explores the Earth system at and above the surface of the Earth by examining the interactions and feedback processes between the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. It also explains how the Earth's surface environment involves a complex interplay between these systems. Through a wealth of features and student questioning, the book allows students to understand how physical controls make our planet hospitable for life, investigate the processes of global change that operate on a range of timescales, understand important cross-disciplinary connections and explore how the whole Earth system has evolved. Finally, it assesses how and why the climate of the Earth has varied over geological time, and considers whether life itself is passive or an active agent for change.

    • Presents an Earth System Science approach to support courses that emphasize the interactions between the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere
    • Includes review questions and answers, over 50 quantitative student exercises, set-aside focus boxes, chapter summaries and learning outcomes, glossary, and a supporting website with figures, further exercises, and solutions
    • Designed for a one-semester course at intermediate undergraduate level
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    ‘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, Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology, University of Bristol

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    • Date Published: March 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521729536
    • length: 326 pages
    • copublisher: The Open University
    • dimensions: 263 x 211 x 18 mm
    • weight: 1.074kg
    • contains: 220 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    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.

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    General ResourcesSolutionsEarth-Life System Solutionspdf47KB11solutions general resources solutions general resourcessolutions

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  • Authors

    Charles Cockell, The Open University, Milton Keynes
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    Richard Corfield, The Open University, Milton Keynes
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    Nancy Dise, The Open University, Milton Keynes
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    Neil Edwards, The Open University, Milton Keynes
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    Nigel Harris, The Open University, Milton Keynes
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    Contributors

    Charles Cockell, Richard Corfield, Neil Edwards, Nigel Harris

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