Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics

Micrometeorites and the Mysteries of Our Origins

Authors: Maurette, M.

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This book relates an attempt to decrypt the still-obscure first billion years of history of the young Earth, during a cataclysmic period during which our planet was heavily bombarded by bodies ranging in size from that of Mars to 0.1 mm sized tiny micrometeorites. It was thus found that micrometeorites played an essential role in the formation of the post-lunar atmosphere. They also provided a surprisingly large diversity of reactions in the organic prebiotic chemistry required for the birth of life on our blue planet. The author presents a wide-ranging review of the type of knowledge required to decrypt this history, which provides extensive background information from astronomy, planetary dynamics, planetology, astrobiology and earth sciences. This book will appeal to both the scientist and the general reader. It will be a source of material for lectures, and possibly new investigations, in these fields.

Table of contents (31 chapters)

  • Solar System Bodies and “Primitiveness”

    Maurette, Michel

    Pages 3-9

  • The Power of Wetherill’s Friend, Jupiter

    Maurette, Michel

    Pages 10-11

  • The Earth–Moon System in a Gigantic Cosmic “Firing” Range

    Maurette, Michel

    Pages 12-22

  • A Microscopic Suspect for the Formation of the Earth’s Atmosphere

    Maurette, Michel

    Pages 23-28

  • The Space Collector “Earth”

    Maurette, Michel

    Pages 31-53

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eBook $139.00
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Softcover $149.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-06520-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Micrometeorites and the Mysteries of Our Origins
Authors
Series Title
Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-34335-6
DOI
10.1007/3-540-34335-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-25816-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-06520-0
Series ISSN
1610-8957
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 330
Topics