A Brief History of the Earth

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Compared to its sister planets in the Solar System, the Earth is the most complex of all. It could be called a ‘complete planet’. It possesses everything that we find individually in the other planets: impact craters, volcanoes (Venus, the Moon, and Mars), a magnetic field (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune ...), a moon and an atmosphere. All other planets are simpler than the Earth as they evidence only a few of these features. That completeness makes the Earth extraordinary, were it not for the single fact that it shelters life due to the presence of abundant liquid water. The Earth is a system, and all its components interact with each other in a way that makes its understanding more difficult. In view of discussing the possibilities of settling human colonies on Venus and on Mars, as we shall do in Chapter 9, it is important to recall how the Earth was formed, how it evolved and how life originated on it.


Solar Wind Solar System Mass Extinction Flood Basalt Impact Crater 
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