Here on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet Flannery, T

Accessible to lay reader’s from young adult to seniors, Flannery begins from the creative moment of The Big Bang, explaining how gas and particle matter become stars and solar planetary systems, the formation of the Sun and the planets in our solar system including Earth, and how conditions afforded by Earth’s distance from the Sun enabled the origin of life forms on Earth. The author draws on the theories of Darwin and Wallace to explain how life forms evolve, and presents arguments for the future of the planet based on the contrasting hypotheses of Medean behavior models and Lovelock’s Gaia speculation.

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