Earth's Early Atmosphere and Oceans, and The Origin of Life

  • George H. Shaw

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Earth Sciences book series (BRIEFSEARTH)

Table of contents

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About this book


This book provides a comprehensive treatment of the chemical nature of the Earth’s early surface environment and how that led to the origin of life,including a detailed discussion of the likely process by which life emerged using as much quantitative information as possible. The emergence of life and the prior surface conditions of the Earth have implications for the evolution of Earth’s surface environment over the following 2-2.5 billion years. The last part of the book discusses how these changes took place and the evidence from the geologic record that supports this particular version of early and evolving conditions.


Banded Iron Formations Cyanobacteria and Photosynthesis Early Atmosphere Hadean-Archean Atmosphere Miller-Urey Experiment Origin Life Earth Origin of Atmosphere Origin of Life Protein Synthesis RNA tRNA

Authors and affiliations

  • George H. Shaw
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  1. 1.Geology DepartmentUnion CollegeSchenectadyUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-21971-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-21972-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5369
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5377
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