Snowball Earth

The Story of the Global Catastrophe That Spawned Life As We Know It
Author: Gabrielle Walker
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408807149
Category: Science
Page: 288
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Did the Earth once undergo a super ice age, one that froze the entire planet? A global adventure story and a fascinating account of scientist Paul Hoffman's quest to prove his maverick 'Snowball Earth' theory, this is science writing at its most gripping. In SNOWBALL EARTH, Gabrielle Walker takes us on a thrilling natural history expedition in search of supporting evidence for the audacious theory which argues that the Earth experienced a climatic cataclysm 600 million years ago that froze the entire planet from the poles to the equator. Because the global snowball happened so long ago the ice has now long gone - but it left its traces in rocks around the world and in order to see the evidence, Walker visited such places as Australia, Namibia, South Africa and Death Valley, USA. Part adventure story and part travel book, it's a tale of the ultimate human endeavour to understand our origins.

Snowball Earth


Author: Andrea Lisowski
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780692650172
Category:
Page: 240
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Up-and-coming rock star, Joan Devintia, has come to realize that some shadows aren't benign, some stares aren't innocent, and she is no longer safe. Tired of fearing her stalker, she goes to her manager for a solution. He hires Carmen Savedra - celebrity bodyguard and inactive duty Marine - to protect the singer from harm. In the midst of recording her pioneer album, Joan finds temptation in the form of illicit drugs and danger taking the shape of a man in a red tie. Safety comes with the sound of jingling dog tags that Carmen never takes off. Carmen's shadow is bigger and more imposing than Joan's stalker. Her stare is more meaningful. Unless Joan can face her fears off the stage - her career, her growing relationship with Carmen - her very life could end....

Frozen Earth

The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages
Author: Doug Macdougall
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520954947
Category: Science
Page: 278
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In this engrossing and accessible book, Doug Macdougall explores the causes and effects of ice ages that have gripped our planet throughout its history, from the earliest known glaciation—nearly three billion years ago—to the present. Following the development of scientific ideas about these dramatic events, Macdougall traces the lives of many of the brilliant and intriguing characters who have contributed to the evolving understanding of how ice ages come about. As it explains how the great Pleistocene Ice Age has shaped the earth's landscape and influenced the course of human evolution, Frozen Earth also provides a fascinating look at how science is done, how the excitement of discovery drives scientists to explore and investigate, and how timing and chance play a part in the acceptance of new scientific ideas. Macdougall describes the awesome power of cataclysmic floods that marked the melting of the glaciers of the Pleistocene Ice Age. He probes the chilling evidence for "Snowball Earth," an episode far back in the earth's past that may have seen our planet encased in ice from pole to pole. He discusses the accumulating evidence from deep-sea sediment cores, as well as ice cores from Greenland and the Antarctic, that suggests fast-changing ice age climates may have directly impacted the evolution of our species and the course of human migration and civilization. Frozen Earth also chronicles how the concept of the ice age has gripped the imagination of scientists for almost two centuries. It offers an absorbing consideration of how current studies of Pleistocene climate may help us understand earth's future climate changes, including the question of when the next glacial interval will occur.

A New History of Life

The Radical New Discoveries about the Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth
Author: Peter Ward,Joe Kirschvink
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1608199088
Category: Science
Page: 400
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Charles Darwin's theories, first published more than 150 years ago, form the backbone of how we understand the history of the Earth. In reality, the currently accepted history of life on Earth is so flawed, so out of date, that it's past time we need a 'New History of Life.' In their latest book, Joe Kirschvink and Peter Ward will show that many of our most cherished beliefs about the evolution of life are wrong. Gathering and analyzing years of discoveries and research not yet widely known to the public, A New History of Life proposes a different origin of species than the one Darwin proposed, one which includes eight-foot-long centipedes, a frozen "snowball Earth†?, and the seeds for life originating on Mars. Drawing on their years of experience in paleontology, biology, chemistry, and astrobiology, experts Ward and Kirschvink paint a picture of the origins life on Earth that are at once too fabulous to imagine and too familiar to dismiss--and looking forward, A New History of Life brilliantly assembles insights from some of the latest scientific research to understand how life on Earth can and might evolve far into the future.

Scientists Debate Gaia

The Next Century
Author: Stephen Henry Schneider
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262194983
Category: Nature
Page: 377
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Leading scientists bring the controversy over Gaia up to date by exploring a broad range of recent thinking on Gaia theory.

Rare Earth

Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe
Author: Peter D. Ward,Donald Brownlee
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0387218483
Category: Science
Page: 338
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What determines whether complex life will arise on a planet, or even any life at all? Questions such as these are investigated in this groundbreaking book. In doing so, the authors synthesize information from astronomy, biology, and paleontology, and apply it to what we know about the rise of life on Earth and to what could possibly happen elsewhere in the universe. Everyone who has been thrilled by the recent discoveries of extrasolar planets and the indications of life on Mars and the Jovian moon Europa will be fascinated by Rare Earth, and its implications for those who look to the heavens for companionship.

The Geological Record of Neoproterozoic Glaciations


Author: Emmanuelle Arnaud,Galen P. Halverson,Graham Shields-Zhou
Publisher: Geological Society of London
ISBN: 9781862393349
Category: Science
Page: 735
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In recent years, interest in Neoproterozoic glaciations has grown as their pivotal role in Earth system evolution has become increasingly clear. One of the main goals of the IGCP Project number 512 was to produce a synthesis of newly available information on Neoproterozoic successions worldwide. This Memoir consists of a series of overview chapters followed by site-specific chapters. The overviews cover key topics including the history of research on Neoproterozoic glaciations, identification of glacial deposits, chemostratigraphic techniques and datasets, palaeomagnetism, biostratigraphy, geochronology and climate modelling. The site specific chapters include reviews of the history of research on these rocks and up-to-date syntheses of the structural framework, tectonic setting, palaeomagnetic & geochronological constraints, physical, biological, and chemical stratigraphy, and descriptions of the glaciogenic and associated strata, including economic deposits.

Climate Change

Biological and Human Aspects
Author: Jonathan Cowie
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139465397
Category: Science
Page: N.A
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In recent years climate change has become recognised as the foremost environmental problem of the twenty-first century. Not only will climate change potentially affect the multibillion dollar energy strategies of countries worldwide, but it also could seriously affect many species, including our own. A fascinating introduction to the subject, this textbook provides a broad review of past, present and likely future climate change from the viewpoints of biology, ecology and human ecology. It will be of interest to a wide range of people, from students in the life sciences who need a brief overview of the basics of climate science, to atmospheric science, geography, and environmental science students who need to understand the biological and human ecological implications of climate change. It will also be a valuable reference for those involved in environmental monitoring, conservation, policy-making and policy lobbying.

Earth's Glacial Record


Author: M. Deynoux,J. M. G. Miller,E. W. Domack
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521548038
Category: Science
Page: 288
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This book discusses glacial or glacially-controlled sequences as markers of the Earth's geodynamic and climatic history.

Mission Earth - Book 1 - A Snowball Earth


Author: Ts White
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 9781326201081
Category:
Page: 98
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20 font size. Snowball Earth is the first of three books about the end of our present ice age. The Earth cools down very fast, and life becomes more of a struggle. Plans are made for human survival, in stasis vats on earth and in colonies in space... What will happen to the Waters family? Mum is expecting a baby, and babies can't go into stasis until they are 2 years old. Sheila and Jack the two children aren't sure about what is to happen, and if the plans are good enough for them to return to the Earth many years in the future.

The Snowball

Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
Author: Alice Schroeder
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408807327
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 832
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Shortlisted for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Prize 2008 The Snowball is the first and will be the only biography of the world's richest man, Warren Buffett, written with his full cooperation and collaboration. Combining a unique blend of "The Sage of Omaha's" business savvy, life story and philosophy, The Snowball is essential reading for anyone wishing to discover and replicate the secrets of his business and life success. Warren Buffett is arguably the world's greatest investor. Even as a child he was fascinated by the concept of risk and probability, setting up his first business at the age of six. In 1964 he bought struggling Massachusetts textile firm Berkshire Hathaway and grew it to be the 12th largest corporation in the US purely through the exercise of sound investing principles - a feat never equalled in the annals of business. Despite an estimated net worth of around US$62 billion, Buffett leads an intriguingly frugal life taking home a salary of only £50,000 a year. His only indulgence is a private jet, an extravagance he wryly acknowledges by calling it "The Indefensible". In 2006, he made the largest charitable donation on record, with most of it going to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Snowball provides a comprehensive, richly detailed insight one of the world's most extraordinary and much loved public figures.

Glacial Sedimentary Processes and Products (Special Publication 39 of the IAS)


Author: Michael J. Hambrey,Poul Christoffersen,Neil F. Glasser,Bryn Hubbard
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444304445
Category: Science
Page: 436
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Associating ice masses with the transport and deposition of sediments has long formed a central theme in glaciology and glacial geomorphology. The reason for this focus is clear, in that ice masses are responsible for much of the physical landscape which characterizes the Earth's glaciated regions. This association also holds at a variety of scales, for example, from the grain-size characteristics of small-scale moraines to the structural architecture of large-scale, glacigenic sedimentary sequences in both surface and subaqueous environments. This volume brings numerous state-of-the-art research contributions together, each relating to a different physical setting, spatial scale, process or investigative technique. The result is a diverse and interesting collection of papers by glaciologists, numerical modellers and glacial geologists, which are all linked by the theme of investigating the relationships between the behaviour of ice masses and their resulting sedimentary sequences.

Changing Ecosystems


Author: Michael Bright
Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree Library
ISBN: 9781432916527
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 56
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Describes how the different life environments on Earth thrive and change, including both gradual climate and geologic changes as well as local, short-term changes to the ecology such as a fire, volcanic eruption, or invasive species.