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Discussion of the Probability of Finding Habitable Planets for Humans Orbiting Sun-Like Stars

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Abstract

Most scientists that are interested in the habitability of planets can agree on the definition of a habitable zone. But from the quotes shown above, it is clear that there is very little agreement for how prevalent life forms are beyond the Earth. We geoscientists know that the Earth has had a complex evolution and that is a large part of the problem. The metazoan life forms on Earth appear to be a result of this complex evolution of the planet. How about the origin of the simpler forms of life? Could a less complex planetary evolution result in less complex life forms? And does this less complex planet evolution scheme make it more probable to find habitable planets in other star-planet systems?

Keywords

Ocean Tide Terrestrial Planet Lunar Orbit Habitable Zone Earth Radius 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geosciences DepartmentDenison UniversityGranvilleUSA

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