Young Sun, Early Earth and the Origins of Life

Lessons for Astrobiology

  • Muriel Gargaud
  • Hervé Martin
  • Purificación López-García
  • Thierry Montmerle
  • Robert Pascal

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Muriel Gargaud, Hervé Martin, Purificación López-García, Thierry Montmerle, Robert Pascal
    Pages 1-35
  3. Muriel Gargaud, Hervé Martin, Purificación López-García, Thierry Montmerle, Robert Pascal
    Pages 37-59
  4. Muriel Gargaud, Hervé Martin, Purificación López-García, Thierry Montmerle, Robert Pascal
    Pages 61-91
  5. Muriel Gargaud, Hervé Martin, Purificación López-García, Thierry Montmerle, Robert Pascal
    Pages 93-154
  6. Muriel Gargaud, Hervé Martin, Purificación López-García, Thierry Montmerle, Robert Pascal
    Pages 155-165
  7. Muriel Gargaud, Hervé Martin, Purificación López-García, Thierry Montmerle, Robert Pascal
    Pages 167-210
  8. Muriel Gargaud, Hervé Martin, Purificación López-García, Thierry Montmerle, Robert Pascal
    Pages 211-239
  9. Muriel Gargaud, Hervé Martin, Purificación López-García, Thierry Montmerle, Robert Pascal
    Pages 241-261
  10. Muriel Gargaud, Hervé Martin, Purificación López-García, Thierry Montmerle, Robert Pascal
    Pages E1-E1
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 265-301

About this book

Introduction

- How did the Sun come into existence?
- How was the Earth formed?
- How long has Earth been the way it is now, with its combination of oceans and continents?
- How do you define “life”?
- How did the first life forms emerge?
- What conditions made it possible for living things to evolve?

All these questions are answered in this colourful textbook addressing undergraduate students in "Origins of Life" courses and the scientifically interested public. The authors take the reader on an amazing voyage through time, beginning five thousand million years ago in a cloud of interstellar dust and ending five hundred million years ago, when the living world that we see today was finally formed. A chapter on exoplanets provides an overview of the search for planets outside the solar system, especially for habitable ones.
The appendix closes the book with a glossary, a bibliography of further readings and a summary of the Origins of the Earth and life in fourteen boxes.

Keywords

Ancient terrestrial rocks Chemistry of Life Early atmosphere Emergence of first life forms on Earth Exoplanets Habitability Life in the Universe Origin of the Sun and Planets Origins of Life on Earth Origins of Life textbook

Authors and affiliations

  • Muriel Gargaud
    • 1
  • Hervé Martin
    • 2
  • Purificación López-García
    • 3
  • Thierry Montmerle
    • 4
  • Robert Pascal
    • 5
  1. 1.Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de BordeauxCNRS-Université Bordeaux1 Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de BordeauxFloirac CedexFrance
  2. 2.Université Blaise PascalLaboratoire Magmas et Volcans Université Blaise PascalClermont-FerrandFrance
  3. 3.Unité d’Ecologie, Systématique et EvolutCNRS - Université Paris-Sud Unité d’Ecologie, Systématique et EvolutOrsay CedexFrance
  4. 4.Institut d'Astrophysique de ParisParisFrance
  5. 5.Institut des Biomolécules Max MousseronCRNS - University of Montpellier 2 Institut des Biomolécules Max MousseronMontpellier Cedex 5France

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-22552-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-22551-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-22552-9
  • About this book