The Phanerozoic Carbon Cycle: CO2 and O2

Hardcover | August 9, 2004

byRobert A. Berner

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The term "carbon cycle" is normally thought to mean those processes that govern the present-day transfer of carbon between life, the atmosphere, and the oceans. This book describes another carbon cycle, one which operates over millions of years and involves the transfer of carbon betweenrocks and the combination of life, the atmosphere, and the oceans. The weathering of silicate and carbonate rocks and ancient sedimentary organic matter (including recent, large-scale human-induced burning of fossil fuels), the burial of organic matter and carbonate minerals in sediments, andvolcanic degassing of carbon dioxide contribute to this cycle. In The Phanerozoic Carbon Cycle, Robert Berner shows how carbon cycle models can be used to calculate levels of atmospheric CO2 and O2 over Phanerozoic time, the past 550 million years, and how results compare with independent methods.His analysis has implications for such disparate subjects as the evolution of land plants, the presence of giant ancient insects, the role of tectonics in paleoclimate, and the current debate over global warming and greenhouse gases

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The term "carbon cycle" is normally thought to mean those processes that govern the present-day transfer of carbon between life, the atmosphere, and the oceans. This book describes another carbon cycle, one which operates over millions of years and involves the transfer of carbon betweenrocks and the combination of life, the atmospher...

Robert A. Berner is at Yale University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:158 pages, 6.1 × 9.41 × 0.71 inPublished:August 9, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195173333

ISBN - 13:9780195173338

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Processes of the Long-term Carbon Cycle: Chemical Weathering of Silicates3. Processes of the Long-term Carbon Cycle: Organic Matter and Carbonate Burial and Weathering4. Processes of the Long-term Carbon Cycle: Degassing of Carbon Dioxide and Methane5. Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide over Phanerozoic Time6. Atmospheric O2 over Phanerozoic Time

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"This unusually readable research monograph addresses the long-term carbon cycle over the past 550 million years. Berner, a distinguished professor at Yale University, has drawn from decades of pioneering research experiences to give readers a detailed, balanced road map to carbon cyclemodeling. Slender but dense, the book examines the processes that lead to the long-term carbon cycle and concludes with a chapter apiece on the evolution of atmospheric carbon dioxide and oxygen concentrations... The unique resource, well edited and with clear line graphics, is appropriate forgraduate students and above and essential for carbon cycle researchers." --Choice