Ocean Worlds: The story of seas on Earth and other planets

Hardcover | October 29, 2014

byJan Zalasiewicz, Mark Williams

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Oceans make up most of the surface of our blue planet. They may form just a sliver on the outside of the Earth, but they are very important, not only in hosting life, including the fish and other animals on which many humans depend, but in terms of their role in the Earth system, in regulatingclimate, and cycling nutrients. As climate change, pollution, and over-exploitation by humans puts this precious resource at risk, it is more important than ever that we understand and appreciate the nature and history of oceans. There is much we still do not know about the story of the Earth'soceans, and we are only just beginning to find indications of oceans on other planets.In this book, geologists Jan Zalasiewicz and Mark Williams consider the deep history of oceans, how and when they may have formed on the young Earth - topics of intense current research - how they became salty, and how they evolved through Earth history. We learn how oceans have formed anddisappeared over millions of years, how the sea nurtured life, and what may become of our oceans in the future. We encounter some of the scientists and adventurers whose efforts led to our present understanding of oceans. And we look at clues to possible seas that may once have covered parts of Marsand Venus, that may still exist, below the surface, on moons such as Europa and Callisto, and the possibility of watery planets in other star systems.

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Oceans make up most of the surface of our blue planet. They may form just a sliver on the outside of the Earth, but they are very important, not only in hosting life, including the fish and other animals on which many humans depend, but in terms of their role in the Earth system, in regulatingclimate, and cycling nutrients. As climate ...

Jan Zalasiewicz has served on the Committees of the Quaternary Research Association and Joint Association of Geoscientists for International Development, and on the Councils of the Palaeontographical Society and the Geological Society of London. Currently, he is Chair of the Anthropocene Working Group of the International Commission on...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.17 inPublished:October 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199672881

ISBN - 13:9780199672882

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Prologue1. Water in the cosmos2. Ocean origins3. Oceans, seas, lakes4. The salt of the Earth5. Moving the waters6. Life of the oceans7. Oceans in crisis8. The end of Earthly oceans9. Oceans of the Solar System10. Distant oceansBibliographyIndex