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Evolution of Earth and its Climate - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444537577, 9780444537584

Evolution of Earth and its Climate, Volume 10

1st Edition

Birth, Life and Death of Earth

Authors: O.G. Sorokhtin G.V. Chilingarian N.O. Sorokhtin
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444537577
Paperback ISBN: 9780444562012
eBook ISBN: 9780444537584
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 29th October 2010
Page Count: 596
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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


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


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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