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Rosetta Stone

James Lawrence Powell

in Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences: From Heresy to Truth

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164481
eISBN:
9780231538459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164481.003.0024
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter focuses on Ralph B. Baldwin's discovery that led to a reconsideration of the role of meteorite impact on the Moon, the Rosetta Stone of the solar system. In early 1941, the ... More


Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences: From Heresy to Truth

James Powell

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164481
eISBN:
9780231538459
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164481.001.0001
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

Over the course of the twentieth century, scientists came to accept four counterintuitive yet fundamental facts about the Earth: deep time, continental drift, meteorite impact, and global warming. ... More


To Hunt a Star

James Lawrence Powell

in Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences: From Heresy to Truth

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164481
eISBN:
9780231538459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164481.003.0022
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter examines early scientific ideas that opened the door to the theory of meteorite impact. Isaac Newton showed that the Earth and the Moon are bound by an invisible yet irresistible force ... More


A Trivial Process

James Lawrence Powell

in Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences: From Heresy to Truth

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164481
eISBN:
9780231538459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164481.003.0021
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter takes a historical look at how the idea of meteorite impact originated. In the late 1950s, Eugene Merle Shoemaker, a precocious geology graduate of the California Institute of ... More


Dinosaur Killer

James Lawrence Powell

in Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences: From Heresy to Truth

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164481
eISBN:
9780231538459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164481.003.0027
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter examines the theory that meteorite impact was responsible for the extinction of dinosaurs on Earth. The Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary, or K-T, is the point in geological time at which the ... More


From Heresy to Truth

James Lawrence Powell

in Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences: From Heresy to Truth

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164481
eISBN:
9780231538459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164481.003.0036
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This book has taken a historical look at deep time, continental drift, meteorite impact, and global warming and how each of them overcame accusations of being heretic and eventually became accepted ... More


The Moon’s Face

James Lawrence Powell

in Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences: From Heresy to Truth

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164481
eISBN:
9780231538459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164481.003.0023
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter takes a look at various theories that had been offered to explain lunar craters and their relevance to meteorite impact. In 1921 Alfred Wegener published the results of his ... More


Worlds in Collision

James Lawrence Powell

in Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences: From Heresy to Truth

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164481
eISBN:
9780231538459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164481.003.0026
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter looks at space missions that shed more light on the nature of the Moon. On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the surface of Mare Tranquillitatis. When Apollo 11 returned samples to ... More


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