Origin and Evolution of the Atmospheres
An introduction on how the atmosphere of the Earth originated requires an introduction on the origin of the solar system. This is a middle of the road topic between Earth Sciences and Astrophysics and can be conceived as an example of extremely speculative thought. As a matter of fact it is based on a very few data, and consequently many different theories can be accommodated. This chapter is meant to give some relax ation to the reader; beside that its only justification is to apply the few things we have learned to a problem that may remain the most esoteric and of little practical value.
KeywordsSolar System Optical Thickness Greenhouse Effect Terrestrial Planet Volatile Element
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