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Tails in the Wind

Karel Schrijiver and Iris Schrijiver

in Living with the Stars: How the Human Body is Connected to the Life Cycles of the Earth, the Planets, and the Stars

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198727439
eISBN:
9780191793615
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727439.003.0011
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

This chapter explores what comets tell us about the history of the solar system and about the Sun’s outermost atmosphere through which Earth orbits its life-sustaining star. Comets are frozen bits of ... 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


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


Death Star or Coherent Catastrophism?

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/9780195101058.003.0014
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Geophysics: Earth Sciences

Our instinct for survival drives us to learn as much as possible about what goes on around us. The better we understand nature, the better we will be able to predict its vagaries so as to avoid ... 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


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