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Micrometeorites and the Mysteries of Our Origins

  • Michel Maurette

Part of the Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics book series (ASTROBIO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Staging the Cosmic Theater

  3. “Primitive” Extraterrestrial Matter on the Earth

  4. Formation of the Post-Lunar Earth’s Atmosphere

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XVI
    2. Michel Maurette
      Pages 81-85
    3. Michel Maurette
      Pages 93-102
  5. Exobiology with Unmelted Micrometeorites

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XVI
    2. Michel Maurette
      Pages 107-111
    3. Michel Maurette
      Pages 112-124
  6. Micrometeorite Ashes in Exobiology and Early Climatology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XVI
    2. Michel Maurette
      Pages 135-135
  7. Micrometeorites in Comparative Planetology

  8. Parent Bodies of Micrometeorites and Early Solar System Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XVI
    2. Michel Maurette
      Pages 199-210
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      Pages 232-236
  9. Challenges Ahead

  10. Science and Fiction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XVI
    2. Michel Maurette
      Pages 283-289
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      Pages 290-297
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 298-330

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Climatology Evolution Greenhouse effect Planet Solar Solar System astrobiology early earth exobiology geophysics meteors micrometeorites origin of life

Authors and affiliations

  • Michel Maurette
    • 1
  1. 1.C.S.N.S.M.France

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