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Authors: Julio Valdivia-Silva, Alicia Negron-Mendoza, Sergio Ramos, Maria Colin-Garcia, Fernando Ortega-Gutierrez and Jose Luis Garcia (NASA Ames Research Center, CA, USA, and others) 
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Earth’s primordial conditions at the beginning of geologic history (Hadean Eon) witnessed several fundamental processes, including cooling and crystallization of a magma ocean, the Moon-formation impact event, the faint young sun paradox, the late heavy bombardment (LHB), origin of pre-biotic molecules and probably life itself, as well as the transition from reduced to oxidized outer Earth’s layers. This book assesses and analyzes the latest information about the primitive Earth’s environments in the Hadean to Archean transition, including the faint young sun paradox, possible reservoirs of pre-biotic molecules, early carbon cycle and the most favorable niches for the emergence of life. (Imprint: Novinka Books)



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Table of Contents:
I. INTRODUCTION pp.1-2

2. HADEAN EARTH pp.3-12

3. GEOPHYSICAL ASPECTS OF EARTH’S PRIMITIVE OUTER LAYERS pp.13-20

4. THE CHEMICAL APPROACH TO THE ORIGIN OF LIFE pp.21-52

5. PRE-CELLULAR SYSTEMS AND FIRST ORGANISMS pp.53-58

6. DISCUSSION pp.59-62

INDEX

   Series:
      Earth Sciences in the 21st Century
      Space Science, Exploration and Policies
   Binding: Softcover
   Pub. Date: 2011
   Pages: 6 x 9 (NBC - C)
   ISBN: 978-1-61209-122-8
   Status: AP
  
Status Code Description
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