Natural Catastrophes and the Supremacy of the Microbial World
By (author) Charles S. Cockell
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Impossible Extinction by Charles S. Cockell
Book DescriptionEvery 225 million years the Earth, and all the life on it, completes one revolution around our Milky Way Galaxy. During this remarkable journey, life is influenced by calamitous changes. Comets and asteroids strike the surface of the Earth, stars explode near by, enormous volcanoes erupt, and more recently, humans litter the planet with waste. Many animals and plants become extinct during the voyage, but humble microbes, simple creatures made of a single cell, survive this journey. This book takes a tour of the microbial world, from the coldest and deepest places on Earth to the hottest and highest, and witnesses some of the most catastrophic events that life can face. Impossible Extinction tells this remarkable story for the general reader explaining how microbes have survived on Earth for over three billion years.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521817363
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Charles S. Cockell
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This concise textbook combines Earth and biological sciences to explore the co-evolution of the Earth and life over geological time.
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Author Biography - Charles S. Cockell
Charles Cockell is a microbiologist with the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI). He is based at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge.
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