Evolution of Earth and its Climate

Evolution of Earth and its Climate

Birth, Life and Death of Earth

1st Edition - October 29, 2010

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  • Authors: O.G. Sorokhtin, G.V. Chilingarian, N.O. Sorokhtin
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444562012
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444537584

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The book reviews the current physical theory of Earth's global evolution, its origin, structure and composition, the process of Earth's core formation, Earth's energy, and the nature of its tectonomagnetic activity. The book also deals with the origin of the Moon and its influence on our planet's evolution. Based on the integral positions of this theory, the book analyzes the issues of the origin of the hydrosphere and atmosphere, and the conception and evolution of life on Earth. The monograph also reviews the adiabatic theory of the greenhouse effect developed by the authors, and the effects of nitrogen-consuminging bacteria and of periodic changes in the precession angle on its climate. In particular, these effects cause the onset and periodicity of ice ages and a significant climate warming during the periods of supercontinent appearance (like Pangaea in the Mid-Mesozoic).

Key Features

  • Challenges current thinking about climate change on the basis of sound geological data
  • Helps the reader make informed decisions about Earth-process related problems
  • Challenges the reader to critically analyze both theory and data


Civil and environmental engineers, geologists, climate researchers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Major stages and methodology in the evolution of geological concepts
    2. Structure and composition of modern Earth
    3. Origin of Earth, its past and future
    4. Process of Earth’s core separation
    5. Earth energetics
    6. Earth's tectonic activity and its nature
    7. Evolution of the crust-formation processes in Earth's history
    8. Lithospheric plate tectonics in Early Proterozoic and Phanerozoic
    9. Continental drift in Earth's geological history
    10. Major patterns of economic deposit concentration within Earth's crust
    11. Hydrosphere: the patterns of its origin and evolution
    12. Atmosphere: origin and physicochemical aspects of evolution
    13. Adiabatic theory of the greenhouse effect
    14. Evolution of Earth’s global climate
    15. Origin and major stages of life evolution on Earth

Product details

  • No. of pages: 596
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2010
  • Published: October 29, 2010
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444562012
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444537584

About the Authors

O.G. Sorokhtin

Affiliations and Expertise

Moscow State University, Russia

G.V. Chilingarian

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2531, USA

N.O. Sorokhtin

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