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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).
- 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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- © Elsevier 2011
- 29th October 2010
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Moscow State University, Russia
School of Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2531, USA
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