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Nursery for Planets

John Chambers and Jacqueline Mitton

in From Dust to Life: The Origin and Evolution of Our Solar System

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691175706
eISBN:
9781400885565
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691175706.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter illustrates how the solar system has a decidedly two-dimensional aspect to it. The orbits of the eight major planets all lie in almost the same plane, deviating by no more than seven ... More


Something about Comets

Gerrit L. Verschuur

in Impact!: The Threat of Comets and Asteroids

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195101058
eISBN:
9780197561232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195101058.003.0007
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Geophysics: Earth Sciences

Discovery of the iridium layer in the K/T boundary clay was the first clue that pointed to a cosmic impact as the trigger of the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs and their associates. ... More


Origins

Yuk L. Yung and William B. DeMore

in Photochemistry of Planetary Atmospheres

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195105018
eISBN:
9780197560990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195105018.003.0007
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Atmospheric Sciences

Cosmology is a subject that borders on and sometimes merges with philosophy and religion. Since antiquity, the deep mysteries of the universe have intrigued mankind. Who are we? Where do we come ... More


The Birth of the Earth

Gerrit L. Verschuur

in Impact!: The Threat of Comets and Asteroids

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195101058
eISBN:
9780197561232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195101058.003.0008
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Geophysics: Earth Sciences

As we apprehend the likelihood of an almost inconceivable cosmic impact occurring again at some time in the future, it is worth considering how we got to be here in the first place. The quest for ... More


Offering Odds on Impact

Gerrit L. Verschuur

in Impact!: The Threat of Comets and Asteroids

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195101058
eISBN:
9780197561232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195101058.003.0016
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Geophysics: Earth Sciences

There is no doubt that the earth continues to be struck by objects from space. Most of the impactors are very tiny, such as those that produce common meteor trails, and major collisions no longer ... More


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