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7. Evolution and extinction

7. Evolution and extinction  

Dorrik Stow

in Oceans: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2017
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Jul 2017
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9780191782428
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199655076.003.0007
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‘Evolution and extinction’ explores the likely origins of life, its evolution and marked changes, and the major extinction events that have punctuated this progress. The principal focus is ... More
Glaciation: A Very Short Introduction

Glaciation: A Very Short Introduction  

David J. A. Evans

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Oct 2018
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Oct 2018
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9780191808227
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198745853.001.0001
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9780198745853
Vast, majestic, and often stunningly beautiful, glaciers lock up some 10 per cent of the world’s fresh water. These great bodies of ice play an important part in the Earth system, carving ... More
10. Fragile environment

10. Fragile environment  

Dorrik Stow

in Oceans: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2017
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Jul 2017
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9780191782428
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10.1093/actrade/9780199655076.003.0010
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‘Fragile environment’ looks at the stresses on the ocean environment and considers the options and challenges we face for achieving sound management of ocean space in the coming decades. We ... More
2. Ocean transience

2. Ocean transience  

Dorrik Stow

in Oceans: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2017
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Jul 2017
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9780191782428
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10.1093/actrade/9780199655076.003.0002
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Once formed from the primitive Earth environment, the oceans and continents have been constantly moving, changing, and evolving at a rate perceptible only in geological time. Oceans are ... More
1. Ocean frontier

1. Ocean frontier  

Dorrik Stow

in Oceans: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2017
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Jul 2017
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9780191782428
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10.1093/actrade/9780199655076.003.0001
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9780199655076
From the dawn of history the ocean has provided a source of food, refreshed our bodies, and cleansed waste. Once a barrier to human migration, it has since become a highway for transport ... More
3. Ocean floor

3. Ocean floor  

Dorrik Stow

in Oceans: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2017
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Jul 2017
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9780191782428
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10.1093/actrade/9780199655076.003.0003
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‘Ocean floor’ examines the morphology, composition, sediment cover, and cycles of change of the ocean floor. The jigsaw puzzle of tectonic plates and their movement about the Earth ... More
9. Ocean bounty

9. Ocean bounty  

Dorrik Stow

in Oceans: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2017
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Jul 2017
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9780191782428
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10.1093/actrade/9780199655076.003.0009
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‘Ocean bounty’ examines the variety of resources and their availability in the ocean realm—from oil, gas, coal, and clathrates to industrial metals and food resources—as well as the use of ... More
6. Reef fish and other major predators

6. Reef fish and other major predators  

Charles Sheppard

in Coral Reefs: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2014
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Jun 2014
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9780191779978
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10.1093/actrade/9780199682775.003.0006
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9780199682775
Healthy reefs provide a habitat for an immense number of fish that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colours. No other natural habitat in the ocean shows this diversity and abundance. ... More
6. Landscapes and us

6. Landscapes and us  

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/9780199565573.003.0006
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‘Landscapes and us’ looks at the impact humans have had on the landscape in the last 300 years. This period of geological time, starting from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, has ... 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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‘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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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
9. Glaciers, humans, and enduring ice

9. Glaciers, humans, and enduring ice  

David J. A. Evans

in Glaciation: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2018
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Oct 2018
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9780191808227
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10.1093/actrade/9780198745853.003.0009
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9780198745853
A knowledge of glaciation is important because it provides us with an understanding of glaciers as Earth surface systems face climate change and of the glacial materials beneath the ... More
3. Fossil homininstheir discovery and context

3. Fossil hominins: their discovery and context  

Bernard Wood

in Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
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9780191869600
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10.1093/actrade/9780198831747.003.0003
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9780198831747
‘Fossil hominins: their discovery and context’ discusses what the hominin fossil record consists of, how it is discovered and recovered, and how it and its context are investigated, which ... More
6. Ice sheets or icebergs?

6. Ice sheets or icebergs?  

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/9780199580699.003.0007
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9780199580699
‘Ice sheets or icebergs?’ explains why it took decades before a majority accepted that vast tracts of Eurasia and North America had once been covered by mighty ice sheets. Agassiz moved to ... More
Landscapes and Geomorphology: A Very Short Introduction

Landscapes and Geomorphology: A Very Short Introduction  

Andrew Goudie and Heather Viles

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777479
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199565573.001.0001
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9780199565573
Landscapes and Geomorphology: A Very Short Introduction presents an introduction to landscapes and the methods and techniques used to study it. Examining what landscapes are, ... More
3. Glaciers through time

3. Glaciers through time  

David J. A. Evans

in Glaciation: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2018
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Oct 2018
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9780191808227
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10.1093/actrade/9780198745853.003.0003
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9780198745853
The ‘glacial theory’ championed by Louis Agassiz in the 19th century saw the beginning of the geological community’s partial acceptance of the concept of multiple and more extensive ... More
4. Under the sea

4. Under the sea  

Martin Redfern

in The Earth: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2003
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775734
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803078.003.0004
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9780192803078
Water covers 71% of the Earth's surface. Where did it come from and what is happening below the oceans' surface? ‘Under the sea’ investigates these questions and looks at how our knowledge ... 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
DOI: 
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
1. Origins

1. Origins  

Erle C. Ellis

in Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
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9780191834738
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198792987.003.0001
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chapter
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9780198792987
Overwhelming evidence now confirms that humans are changing Earth in unprecedented ways. With such evidence, the proposal to recognize the Anthropocene as a new interval of geologic ... More
2. Seafloor spreading and magnetic anomalies

2. Seafloor spreading and magnetic anomalies  

Peter Molnar

in Plate Tectonics: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2015
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Mar 2015
eISBN: 
9780191794513
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198728269.003.0002
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chapter
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9780198728269
‘Seafloor spreading and magnetic anomalies’ begins with the Vine–Matthews Hypothesis, which proposed that strips of seafloor parallel to the mid-ocean ridges, where two plates diverge from ... More

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