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2. Atmospheric physics

2. Atmospheric physics  

Paul I. Palmer

in The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2017
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Mar 2017
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9780191788970
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10.1093/actrade/9780198722038.003.0002
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9780198722038
Earth’s atmosphere is tied closely with the Sun. The Sun emits electromagnetic radiation at a wide range of wavelengths. Radiation is transported through the atmosphere by transmission, ... More
1. The atmosphere

1. The atmosphere  

Storm Dunlop

in Weather: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
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9780191783357
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10.1093/actrade/9780199571314.003.0001
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9780199571314
‘The atmosphere’ describes the different layers of the atmosphere and the boundaries between them—troposphere, tropopause, stratosphere, mesopause, mesosphere, ionosphere, and ... 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
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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
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
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9780191779923
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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
6. Projection

6. Projection  

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/9780198718871.003.0006
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Where is the Earth system heading in the Anthropocene? To even begin to answer this question requires a model of how the Earth system works, and the answer depends on our collective ... More
7. Rocks on other planets

7. Rocks on other planets  

Jan Zalasiewicz

in Rocks: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2016
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Dec 2016
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9780191792588
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10.1093/actrade/9780198725190.003.0007
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9780198725190
Rocks are not just an Earthly phenomenon. They make up the surfaces of some of the planets of the solar system and, in one form or another, those all of the many moons, innumerable comets, ... More
Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction

Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction  

David C. Catling

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Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
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9780191779923
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10.1093/actrade/9780199586455.001.0001
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9780199586455
What fascinates people about astrobiology is that it seeks answers to long-standing unsolved questions: How quickly did life evolve on Earth and why did life persist here? Is there life ... More
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
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10.1093/actrade/9780199586455.003.0006
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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
4. From slime to the sublime

4. From slime to the sublime  

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/9780199586455.003.0004
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9780199586455
‘From slime to the sublime’ asks: How did Earth maintain an environment fit for life? However life started, once established, it persisted for over 3.5 billion years and evolved from ... More
1. Energy systems

1. Energy systems  

Nick Jenkins

in Energy Systems: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2019
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Nov 2019
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9780191851643
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10.1093/actrade/9780198813927.003.0001
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9780198813927
‘Energy systems’ explains the difference between energy and power and between energy and electrical energy. It then outlines the sources of primary energy, describing the environmental ... More
The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction

The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction  

Paul I. Palmer

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Mar 2017
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Mar 2017
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9780191788970
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10.1093/actrade/9780198722038.001.0001
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9780198722038
The atmosphere is the thin, diffuse fluid that envelops the Earth’s surface. Despite its apparent fragility, the existence of this fluid is vital for human and other life on Earth. The ... More
8. Generalization

8. Generalization  

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/9780198718871.003.0008
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9780198718871
This VSI has introduced how one habitable planet—the Earth—can be studied as a system. However, in just the past few years, scientists have made the remarkable discovery that there are ... More
2. The climate change debate

2. The climate change debate  

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
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10.1093/actrade/9780198719045.003.0002
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9780198719045
‘The climate change debate’ describes the combination of factors that led to recognition and acceptance of climate change, including that it was anthropogenic, beginning with climate change ... More
Weather: A Very Short Introduction

Weather: A Very Short Introduction  

Storm Dunlop

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
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9780191783357
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10.1093/actrade/9780199571314.001.0001
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9780199571314
Weather: A Very Short Introduction explains what weather is, how it differs from climate, what causes weather, and how we measure it. It shows how the different properties of ... More
7. Sustainability

7. Sustainability  

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/9780198718871.003.0007
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9780198718871
Whilst human transformation of the planet was initially unwitting, now we are increasingly collectively aware of it. This changes the Earth system fundamentally, because it means that one ... More
Earth System Science: A Very Short Introduction

Earth System Science: A Very Short Introduction  

Tim Lenton

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Feb 2016
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Feb 2016
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9780191788338
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718871.001.0001
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9780198718871
The concept of the Earth’s atmosphere, biosphere, oceans, soil, and rocks operating as a closely interacting system has rapidly gained ground in science. Earth System Science: A Very Short ... More
Epilogue

Epilogue  

Jamie Woodward

in The Ice Age: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
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9780191779671
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10.1093/actrade/9780199580699.003.0011
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9780199580699
Big bones and boulder clay were the staples of 19th-century ice age research, but microfossils and isotopes came to dominate 20th-century research. The Milankovitch revival and the ... More

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