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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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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Henry Holt & Co
Publication date January 1, 2004
Pages 256
Binding Paperback
Edition 2 reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780805075120
ISBN-10 0805075127
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.75 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.07 lbs.
Original list price $20.00
Other format details sci/tech
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Summary
Draws on current findings in astrobiology to chart the story of the second half of the planet Earth's life, predicting that the process of planetary evolution will effectively reverse itself until life discontinues and the world becomes engulfed by an expanding sun. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
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"They deftly bring together findings from many disparate areas of science in a book that science buffs will find hard to put down." ―Publishers Weekly

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 our planet. Peter D. Ward and Donald Brownlee, a geologist and an astronomer respectively, are in the vanguard of the new field of astrobiology. Combining their knowledge of how the critical sustaining systems of our planet evolve through time with their understanding of how stars and solar systems grow and change throughout their own life cycles, the authors tell the story of the second half of Earth's life. In this masterful melding of groundbreaking research and captivating, eloquent science writing, Ward and Brownlee provide a comprehensive portrait of Earth's life cycle that allows us to understand and appreciate how the planet sustains itself today, and offers us a glimpse of our place in the cosmic order.



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Hardcover
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from Times Books (January 1, 2003)
9780805067811 | details & prices | 288 pages | 6.25 × 9.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.08 lbs | List price $25.00
About: Charts the story of the second half of the planet Earth's life, predicting that the process of planetary evolution will effectively reverse itself until life discontinues and the Earth becomes engulfed by an expanding sun.
Paperback
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2 reprint edition from Henry Holt & Co (January 1, 2004)
9780805075120 | details & prices | 256 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.07 lbs | List price $20.00
About: Draws on current findings in astrobiology to chart the story of the second half of the planet Earth's life, predicting that the process of planetary evolution will effectively reverse itself until life discontinues and the world becomes engulfed by an expanding sun.

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