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6. Life in the Solar System

6. Life in the Solar System  

David C. Catling

in Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
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9780191779923
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199586455.003.0006
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9780199586455
On Earth, wherever we find liquid water, we find life, whether in bubbling hot springs, drops of brine inside ice, or films of water around minerals deep in the crust. ‘Life in the Solar ... More
8. Geology for society and the environment

8. Geology for society and the environment  

Jan Zalasiewicz

in Geology: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2018
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Jul 2018
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9780191842771
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198804451.003.0008
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9780198804451
Geology is involved, somehow or another, in most of the resources that sustain us. Equally, it is a significant factor in many of the hazards that threaten us, and geology is often involved ... More
2. Atmosphere and oceans

2. Atmosphere and oceans  

Mark Maslin

in Climate: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778254
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199641130.003.0002
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9780199641130
Our weather resides in the atmosphere. It begins on the Earth's surface and becomes thinner the higher it gets. The oceans play a crucial role in controlling weather and climate. ... More
6. Global climate cooling

6. Global climate cooling  

Mark Maslin

in Climate: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778254
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199641130.003.0006
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9780199641130
Over the last 50 million years, small variations in the movements of continents have changed the Earth's climate from being a greenhouse to an icehouse. ‘Global climate cooling’ explains ... More
3. Tough but slippery

3. Tough but slippery  

Christopher Hall

in Materials: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2014
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Oct 2014
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9780191781247
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199672677.003.0003
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9780199672677
‘Tough but slippery’ considers the physical characteristics of materials. Understanding properties in certain materials allows us to predict their behaviour and to use them appropriately in ... More
3. Its principles: energy and entropy

3. Its principles: energy and entropy  

Peter Atkins

in Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780191782459
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199683970.003.0003
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9780199683970
To understand why and how reactions take place and why and how bonds form in all their variety, chemists think about the energy changes that take place when processes occur. ‘Its ... More
3. Origins of life and environment

3. Origins of life and environment  

David C. Catling

in Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
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9780191779923
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199586455.003.0003
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9780199586455
‘Origins of life and environment’ explains that quite how life arose is unknown. It may have originated on Earth or it may have been carried here by space dust or meteorites, but there is ... More
8. Controversies and prospects

8. Controversies and prospects  

David C. Catling

in Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
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9780191779923
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10.1093/actrade/9780199586455.003.0008
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‘Controversies and prospects’ examines the Rare Earth Hypothesis and looks at prospects for astrobiology and finding life elsewhere. The Rare Earth Hypothesis is that the fortuitous ... More
3. Thermal nuclear reactors

3. Thermal nuclear reactors  

Maxwell Irvine

in Nuclear Power: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777875
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199584970.003.0003
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9780199584970
‘Thermal nuclear reactors’ explains how the technology that had ended the Second World War was turned into a source of civil power. It is now more than fifty years since operations of the ... More
7. Far-off worlds, distant suns

7. Far-off worlds, distant suns  

David C. Catling

in Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
eISBN: 
9780191779923
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199586455.003.0007
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9780199586455
Beyond the Solar System, astronomers have discovered over 3,400 exoplanets. ‘Far-off worlds, distant suns’ explores the hunt for exoplanets and describes the methods astronomers have ... More
8. Polymers, plastics, and textiles

8. Polymers, plastics, and textiles  

Graham Patrick

in Organic Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2017
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Mar 2017
eISBN: 
9780191820779
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198759775.003.0008
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9780198759775
Over the last fifty years, synthetic materials have largely replaced natural materials such as wood, leather, wool, and cotton. Plastics and polymers are perhaps the most visible sign of ... More
6. Such quantities of sand

6. Such quantities of sand  

Christopher Hall

in Materials: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2014
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Oct 2014
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9780191781247
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199672677.003.0006
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9780199672677
‘Such quantities of sand’ looks at sustainability and considers three features of the global materials system that need fixing: carbon dioxide emissions, world energy supply, and finite ... More
1. Water, water everywhere …

1. Water, water everywhere …  

John Finney

in Water: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2015
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Aug 2015
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9780191785597
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10.1093/actrade/9780198708728.003.0001
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9780198708728
Water (H2O) is the most abundant compound on the Earth’s surface and occurs naturally in gas, liquid, and solid forms. It is estimated that there are 1.9 billion billion tonnes of water on ... More
3. The Ice Age cometh

3. The Ice Age cometh  

Bill McGuire

in Global Catastrophes: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Aug 2014
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Aug 2014
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9780191784088
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10.1093/actrade/9780198715931.003.0003
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9780198715931
What turns ice ages on and off? ‘The Ice Age cometh’ considers the potential impact global warming may have on the arrival of the next expected Ice Age. Will global warming fend it off or ... More
3. Regulation

3. Regulation  

Tim Lenton

in Earth System Science: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2016
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Feb 2016
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9780191788338
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718871.003.0003
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9780198718871
The Earth system has maintained habitable conditions for life over geological periods of time. These conditions include an equable global temperature, enough atmospheric carbon dioxide to ... More
4. Modelling future climate

4. Modelling future climate  

Mark Maslin

in Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction (3rd edn)

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Oct 2014
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Oct 2014
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9780191788376
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198719045.003.0004
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9780198719045
‘Modelling future climate’ is about understanding the fundamental physical processes of the climate system. Modelling future climate considers the carbon cycle, cooling effects, carbon ... More
2. Deep waters

2. Deep waters  

Warwick F. Vincent

in Lakes: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2018
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Jan 2018
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9780191821035
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10.1093/actrade/9780198766735.003.0002
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9780198766735
‘Deep waters’ explains the role of François A. Forel in the birth and development of limnology, a new integrative science he defined as ‘the oceanography of lakes’. In his comprehensive ... More
7. Landscapes of the future

7. Landscapes of the future  

Andrew Goudie and Heather Viles

in Landscapes and Geomorphology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777479
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10.1093/actrade/9780199565573.003.0007
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9780199565573
‘Landscapes of the future’ looks at how geomorphology weighs up factors such as climate change, tectonic activity, and future human impacts, when assessing the future of landscapes. What ... More
7. Great ice ages

7. Great ice ages  

Mark Maslin

in Climate: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778254
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10.1093/actrade/9780199641130.003.0007
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chapter
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9780199641130
In the 1960s, when long, continuous sediment cores were first recovered from the bottom of the oceans, it was realised how many ice ages there have been. ‘Great ice ages’ looks at what ... More
8. Future climate change

8. Future climate change  

Mark Maslin

in Climate: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2013
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778254
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199641130.003.0008
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780199641130
One of the main challenges of the current century is predicting climate change. The concern isn't just scientific, it is economic, sociological, geopolitical, national and local, and ... More

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