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The Emerald Planet: How plants changed Earth's history - Oxford Landmark Science (Paperback)
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The Emerald Planet: How plants changed Earth's history - Oxford Landmark Science (Paperback)

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Plants have profoundly moulded the Earth's climate and the evolutionary trajectory of life. Far from being 'silent witnesses to the passage of time', plants are dynamic components of our world, shaping the environment throughout history as much as that environment has shaped them. In The Emerald Planet, David Beerling puts plants centre stage, revealing the crucial role they have played in driving global changes in the environment, in recording hidden facets of Earth's history, and in helping us to predict its future. His account draws together evidence from fossil plants, from experiments with their living counterparts, and from computer models of the 'Earth System', to illuminate the history of our planet and its biodiversity. This new approach reveals how plummeting carbon dioxide levels removed a barrier to the evolution of the leaf; how plants played a starring role in pushing oxygen levels upwards, allowing spectacular giant insects to thrive in the Carboniferous; and it strengthens fascinating and contentious fossil evidence for an ancient hole in the ozone layer. Along the way, Beerling introduces a lively cast of pioneering scientists from Victorian times onwards whose discoveries provided the crucial background to these and the other puzzles. This new understanding of our planet's past sheds a sobering light on our own climate-changing activities, and offers clues to what our climatic and ecological futures might look like. There could be no more important time to take a close look at plants, and to understand the history of the world through the stories they tell.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199548149
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 337 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 25 mm

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“The Emerald Planet”

A wonderful read in the form of a series rewarding stories documenting how plants shaped the world we live in. The modern discoveries are set off against those made by a handful of scientific pioneers, many of whom... More

Hardback edition
9th April 2007
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“The Emerald Planet”

While this is a very informative book, it wasn't quite what I expected and as a result I found I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I could have. I was expecting a book about how plants have evolved and how... More

Hardback edition
24th June 2014
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