The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet

The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet

Robert M. Hazen


Earth evolves. From first atom to molecule, mineral to magma, granite crust to unmarried phone to verdant dwelling panorama, ours is a planet always in flux. during this radical new method of Earth’s biography, senior Carnegie establishment researcher and nationwide bestselling writer Robert M. Hazen finds how the co-evolution of the geosphere and biosphere—of rocks and dwelling matter—has formed our planet into the single one in every of its type within the sunlight method, if no longer the full cosmos.

With an astrobiologist’s mind's eye, a historian’s point of view, and a naturalist’s ardour for the floor underneath our toes, Hazen explains how alterations on an atomic point translate into dramatic shifts in Earth’s make-up over its 4.567 billion 12 months life. He calls upon a flurry of contemporary discoveries to painting our planet’s many iterations in vibrant detail—from its fast-rotating infancy while the solar rose each 5 hours and the Moon stuffed 250 occasions extra sky than it does now, to its sea-bathed formative years prior to the 1st continents arose; from the nice Oxidation occasion that became the land pink, to the globe-altering volcanism which may were the real killer of the dinosaurs. via Hazen’s conception of “co-evolution,” we learn the way reactions among natural molecules and rock crystals could have generated Earth’s first organisms, which in flip are accountable for greater than two-thirds of the mineral kinds at the planet—thousands of alternative varieties of crystals that can no longer exist in a nonliving world.

The tale of Earth can be the tale of the pioneering women and men at the back of the sciences. Readers will meet black-market meteorite hawkers of the Sahara desolate tract, the gun-toting Feds who guarded the Apollo missions’ lunar dirt, and the area conflict II army officer whose super-pressurized “bomb”—recycled from army hardware—first simulated the molten rock of Earth’s mantle. As a mentor to a brand new new release of scientists, Hazen introduces the intrepid younger explorers whose dispatches from Earth’s most harsh landscapes will revolutionize geology.

Celebrated by means of the recent York occasions for writing “with very good readability approximately technology . . . that easily teaches because it zips along,” Hazen proves an excellent and enjoyable advisor in this grand journey of our planet inside and outside. Lucid, debatable, and intellectually bracing, The tale of Earth is renowned technology of the top order.

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