Under A Green Sky
Global Warming, the Mass Extinctions of the Past an
By (author) Peter Douglas Ward
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Under A Green Sky by Peter Douglas Ward
Book DescriptionMore than 200 million years ago, a cataclysmic event known as the Permian extinction destroyed more than 90% of all species and nearly 97% of all living things. Its origins have long been a puzzle for paleontologists, and during the 1990s and the early part of this century a great battle was fought between those who thought that death had come from above and those who thought something more complicated was at work. Paleontologist Peter D. Ward, fresh from helping prove that an asteroid had killed the dinosaurs, turned to the Permian problem, and he has come to a stunning conclusion. In his investigations of the fates of several groups of mollusks during those extinctions and others, he discovered that the near-total devastation at the end of the Permian was caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide leading to climate change. But it's not the heat (nor the humidity) that's directly responsible for the extinctions, and the story of the discovery of what is responsible makes for an fascinating, globe-spanning adventure.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780061137921
(200mm x 154mm x 16mm)
Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Publish Date: 17-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Peter Douglas Ward
Flooded Earth, Paperback (August 2012)
"A beautifully written, thoroughly researched and relentlessly terrifying work, and a must-read for anybody with an interest in the environment or the future of our planet."--Salon.com
Life and Death of Planet Earth, Paperback (August 2007)
This is a vivid description of the second half of the life of our planet. Combining their knowledge of evolution with their understanding of the life cycle of stars and solar systems, the authors predict that the process will essentially reverse itself until only the simplest forms remain on Earth.
Life as We Do Not Know it, Paperback (February 2007)
The author, a principal investigator for the NASA Astrobiology Institute, presents the latest data on the range of life that is scientifically possible on Earth and beyond.
Rare Earth, Paperback (December 2003)» View all books by Peter Douglas Ward
What determines whether complex life will arise on a planet or even any life at all? This book investigates such questions, synthesizing information from astronomy, biology, and paleontology, and applying it to what we know about the rise of life on Earth and to what could possibly happen elsewhere in the universe.
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