Origin of the Earth by Horton E. Newsom

Origin of the Earth

EditorHorton E. Newsom, John H. Jones

Hardcover | March 1, 1994

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This volume includes contributions from 28 experts in their respective areas who present a broad range of information on planetary accretion and the origin and earliest history of the Earth. The central theme of the book is the Giant Impact model for the formation of the moon, which ifcorrect, has important implications regarding the early history of the Earth. The book is being co-published with the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston.

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Horton Newsom is at the Institute of Meteoritics, New Mexico. John H. Jones is a Geochemist at Johnson Space Center, Houston. Horton E. Newsom is at Institute of Meteoritics, of New Mexico. John H. Jones is at Johnson Space Center, Houston.

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Title:Origin of the EarthFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 10.04 × 7.09 × 0.03 inPublished:March 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195066197

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Table of Contents

PART I: The Earliest Stages: The Solar Nebula and Accretion of Planetesimals1. A.P. Boss: 3-D Solar Nebula Models: Implications for Earth Origin2. M.J. Gaffey: Thermal History of the Asteroid Belt: Implications for the Accretion of the Terrestrial Planets3. S.R. Taylor and M.D. Norman: Accretion of Differentiated Planetesimals to the Earth4. W.M. Kaula: Differences Between the Earth and Venus Arising from Origin by Large Planetesimal InfallPART II: The Giant Impact and Earth-Moon Relationships5. W. Benz and A.G.W. Cameron: Terrestrial Effects of the Giant Impact6. H.J. Melosh: Giant Impacts and the Thermal State of the Early Earth7. J.H. Jones and L.L. Hood: Does the Moon Have the Same Chemical Composition as the Earth's Upper Mantle?PART III: Was There a Terrestrial Magma Ocean?8. A.E. Ringwood: Earliest History of the Earth-Moon System9. E.A. McFarlane and M.J. Drake: Element Partitioning and the Early Thermal History of the Earth10. W.B. Tonks and H.J. Melosh: The Physics of Crystal Settling and Suspension in a Turbulent Magma Ocean11. G.F. Davies: Heat and Mass Transport in the Early Earth12. S. Sasaki: The Primary Solar-type Atmosphere Surrounding the Accreting Earth: H2O-Induced High Surface Temperature13. T.J. Ahrens: Earth AccretionPART IV: Core Formation14. D. J. Stevenson: Fluid Dynamics of Core Formation15. R.J. Arculus, et al.: Metal-Silicate Equilibria and Core Formation16. H.E. Newsom: Accretion and Core Formation in the Earth: Evidence from Siderophile Elements17. K.W.W. Sims, H.E. Newsom, and E.S. Gladney: Chemical Fractionation During Formation of the Earth's Core and Continental Crust: Clues from As, Sb, W, and Mo18. S.A. Bowring, T.B. Housh, and C.E. Isachsen: The Acasta Gneisses: Remnant of Earth's Early CrustPART VI: Evolution of the Hydrosphere and the Origin of Life19. E. Tajika and T. Matsui: The Evolution of the Terrestrial Environment20. J.C.G. Walker: Origin of an Inhabited Planet

From Our Editors

In order to develop a complete theory of Earth origin, an understanding of the physics and chemistry of the solar nebula is required. What we need is for all of the pieces of the puzzle to fit together. As of now, they don't. We hope this book will help set the stage for the next generation of investigation and for fitting some of the pieces of the puzzle together.

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"Drawing together the fine, delicate threads of scientific evidence and weaving them into a tapestry depicting the beginnings of the world on which we live is by no means an easy task, but Newsom and Jones have done well. Any student of the Earth would benefit from this book. Certainly, itwill prove invaluable to those researchers directly involved in seeking the origin of our planet." --Impact