320 pages, 120 illus
Early Earth Systems provides a complete history of the Earth from its beginnings to the end of the Archaean. This journey through the Earth's early history begins with the Earth's origin, then examines the evolution of the mantle, the origin of the continental crust, the origin and evolution of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans, and ends with the origin of life. Examining the evidence for the Earth's very early differentiation into core, mantle, crust, atmosphere and oceans, "Early Earth Systems" looks at how this differentiation saw extreme interactions within the Earth system. The extent to which such interactions continued throughout the Archaean is discussed within the framework of the Earth System Science paradigm, providing a qualitative assessment of the principal reservoirs and fluxes in the early Earth.
This book provides an essential overview of the early history of the Earth and of Archaean Earth processes for advanced undergraduates in Earth Sciences, and for postgraduate students and researchers interested in the early Earth. It will also be valuable to environmental scientists, biologists and planetary scientists.
This is a book for everyone fascinated by a description of the Earth's history in terms of Earth system science. (Pure and Applied Geophysics) "Hugh Rollinson sets out in his book Early Earth Systems: A Geochemical Approach to summarize what we know (and don't know) about this enigmatic portion of our planet's evolution. He does an excellent job of it." (Geological Magazine, November 2008)
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