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How to find a habitable planet, James Kasting with a new afterword by the author

Label
How to find a habitable planet
Title
How to find a habitable planet
Statement of responsibility
James Kasting with a new afterword by the author
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Member of
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Kasting, James F
Dewey number
576.839
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Science essentials
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  • Habitable planets
  • Exobiology
Target audience
adult
Label
How to find a habitable planet, James Kasting with a new afterword by the author
Instantiates
Publication
Note
First published in 2010
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • Machine generated contents note: pt. I Introduction -- ch. 1 Past Thinking about Earth-Like Planets and Life -- The Habitable Zone and the Importance of Liquid Water -- Carl Sagan and the Drake Equation -- Other Perspectives on Planetary Habitability: Rare Earth and Gaia -- pt. II Our Habitable Planet Earth -- ch. 2 Critical Updates on How Planets Are Built -- The Conventional Wisdom regarding Planet Formation -- Where Did Earth's Water Come From? -- New Models for Planetary Accretion and Delivery of Water -- Could Earth's Water Have Come from Comets? -- An Up-to-Date Simulation of Planetary Accretion -- ch. 3 Long-Term Climate Stability -- Solar Evolution Theory -- Solar Mass Loss? -- Electromagnetic Radiation and the Greenhouse Effect -- Planetary Energy Balance -- The Faint Young Sun Problem -- Possible Solutions to the Problem -- The Carbonate-Silicate Cycle and Controls on Atmospheric CO2 -- The CO2-Climate Feedback Loop -- ch. 4 More Wrinkles in Earth's Climate History --
  • Contents note continued: The Phanerozoic Climate Record -- Precambrian Climate -- Geologic Evidence for the Rise of Atmospheric O2 -- Cause of the O2 Rise: Cyanobacteria -- Methane, Methanogens, and the Universal Tree of Life -- The Archean Methane Greenhouse -- The Paleoproterozoic Glaciation -- ch. 5 Runaway Glaciation and "Snowball Earth" -- Milankovitch Cycles and the Recent Ice Ages -- Ice Albedo Feedback and Climatic Instability -- Evidence for Low-Latitude Glaciation -- Mechanisms for Explaining Low-Latitude Glaciation -- Snowball Earth -- pt. III Limits to Planetary Habitability -- ch. 6 Runaway Greenhouses and the Evolution of Venus' Atmosphere -- The History of Water on Venus -- The Classical Runaway Greenhouse Effect -- An Alternative Runaway Greenhouse Model -- Evolution of Venus' Atmosphere -- ch. 7 The Future Evolution of Earth -- High-CO2 Atmospheres and Temperature Limits for Life -- Future Solar Evolution and Lifetime of the Biosphere --
  • Contents note continued: A Geoengineering Solution to Solar Luminosity Increases -- ch. 8 The Martian Climate Puzzle -- Evidence for Liquid Water near Mars' Surface -- CH4 in Mars' Atmosphere? -- Evidence That Water Flowed in Mars' Distant Past -- When Did the Martian Valleys Form? -- How Warm Was Early Mars? -- Mechanisms for Warming Early Mars -- Where Are the Carbonates? -- ch. 9 Is the Earth Rare? -- Planetary Size / Magnetic Fields -- Ozone and Ultraviolet Radiation -- Availability of Nitrogen and the Importance of N2 -- Is Plate Tectonics Common? -- A Planet's Impact Environment -- Stabilization of Earth's Obliquity by the Moon -- ch. 10 Habitable Zones around Stars -- Historical Attempts to Define the Habitable Zone -- A More Modern Model for the Habitable Zone around the Sun -- Hertzsprung-Russell Diagrams and Main Sequence Stars -- Habitable Zones around Other Stars -- Problems for Planets Orbiting Early-Type Stars -- Problems for Planets Orbiting Late-Type Stars --
  • Contents note continued: Further Extensions of the Habitable Zone Concept -- The Galactic Habitable Zone -- pt. IV How to Find Another Earth -- ch. 11 Indirect Detection of Planets around Other Stars -- Barnard's Star -- The Astrometric Method -- Pulsar Planets -- The Doppler Effect -- The Radial Velocity Method -- Gravitational Microlensing -- ch. 12 Finding and Characterizing Planets by Using Transits -- Transits of Mercury and Venus -- Transits of Extrasolar "Hot Jupiters" -- Space-Based Transit Searches: CoRoT and Kepler -- Observing Exoplanet Atmospheres during Transits -- Secondary Transit Spectroscopy -- Characterizing Earth-Like Planets around M Stars -- ch. 13 Direct Detection of Extrasolar Planets -- What Wavelength Region Should We Choose? -- Infrared Interferometers: TPF-I and Darwin -- Searching for Planets at Visible Wavelengths: TPF-C -- The Visible Occulter: TPF-O -- Nearby Target Stars -- ch. 14 The Spectroscopic Search for Life -- Spectral Resolution --
  • Contents note continued: The Visible/Near-IR Region: TPF-C or -O -- The Thermal-IR Region: TPF-I or Darwin -- Looking for Life on Early Earth-Type Planets -- Possible False Positives for Life -- Polarization Measurements: Looking for the Glint of Surface Water -- The Holy Grail: Simultaneous Detection of O2 and Reduced Gases -- ch. 15 Prospects for the More Distant Future -- NASA's Life Finder Mission -- Using the Sun as a Gravitational Lens -- The Drake Equation Revisited: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Control code
000050017192
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 332 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780691156279
Other physical details
ill.
Label
How to find a habitable planet, James Kasting with a new afterword by the author
Publication
Note
First published in 2010
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • Machine generated contents note: pt. I Introduction -- ch. 1 Past Thinking about Earth-Like Planets and Life -- The Habitable Zone and the Importance of Liquid Water -- Carl Sagan and the Drake Equation -- Other Perspectives on Planetary Habitability: Rare Earth and Gaia -- pt. II Our Habitable Planet Earth -- ch. 2 Critical Updates on How Planets Are Built -- The Conventional Wisdom regarding Planet Formation -- Where Did Earth's Water Come From? -- New Models for Planetary Accretion and Delivery of Water -- Could Earth's Water Have Come from Comets? -- An Up-to-Date Simulation of Planetary Accretion -- ch. 3 Long-Term Climate Stability -- Solar Evolution Theory -- Solar Mass Loss? -- Electromagnetic Radiation and the Greenhouse Effect -- Planetary Energy Balance -- The Faint Young Sun Problem -- Possible Solutions to the Problem -- The Carbonate-Silicate Cycle and Controls on Atmospheric CO2 -- The CO2-Climate Feedback Loop -- ch. 4 More Wrinkles in Earth's Climate History --
  • Contents note continued: The Phanerozoic Climate Record -- Precambrian Climate -- Geologic Evidence for the Rise of Atmospheric O2 -- Cause of the O2 Rise: Cyanobacteria -- Methane, Methanogens, and the Universal Tree of Life -- The Archean Methane Greenhouse -- The Paleoproterozoic Glaciation -- ch. 5 Runaway Glaciation and "Snowball Earth" -- Milankovitch Cycles and the Recent Ice Ages -- Ice Albedo Feedback and Climatic Instability -- Evidence for Low-Latitude Glaciation -- Mechanisms for Explaining Low-Latitude Glaciation -- Snowball Earth -- pt. III Limits to Planetary Habitability -- ch. 6 Runaway Greenhouses and the Evolution of Venus' Atmosphere -- The History of Water on Venus -- The Classical Runaway Greenhouse Effect -- An Alternative Runaway Greenhouse Model -- Evolution of Venus' Atmosphere -- ch. 7 The Future Evolution of Earth -- High-CO2 Atmospheres and Temperature Limits for Life -- Future Solar Evolution and Lifetime of the Biosphere --
  • Contents note continued: A Geoengineering Solution to Solar Luminosity Increases -- ch. 8 The Martian Climate Puzzle -- Evidence for Liquid Water near Mars' Surface -- CH4 in Mars' Atmosphere? -- Evidence That Water Flowed in Mars' Distant Past -- When Did the Martian Valleys Form? -- How Warm Was Early Mars? -- Mechanisms for Warming Early Mars -- Where Are the Carbonates? -- ch. 9 Is the Earth Rare? -- Planetary Size / Magnetic Fields -- Ozone and Ultraviolet Radiation -- Availability of Nitrogen and the Importance of N2 -- Is Plate Tectonics Common? -- A Planet's Impact Environment -- Stabilization of Earth's Obliquity by the Moon -- ch. 10 Habitable Zones around Stars -- Historical Attempts to Define the Habitable Zone -- A More Modern Model for the Habitable Zone around the Sun -- Hertzsprung-Russell Diagrams and Main Sequence Stars -- Habitable Zones around Other Stars -- Problems for Planets Orbiting Early-Type Stars -- Problems for Planets Orbiting Late-Type Stars --
  • Contents note continued: Further Extensions of the Habitable Zone Concept -- The Galactic Habitable Zone -- pt. IV How to Find Another Earth -- ch. 11 Indirect Detection of Planets around Other Stars -- Barnard's Star -- The Astrometric Method -- Pulsar Planets -- The Doppler Effect -- The Radial Velocity Method -- Gravitational Microlensing -- ch. 12 Finding and Characterizing Planets by Using Transits -- Transits of Mercury and Venus -- Transits of Extrasolar "Hot Jupiters" -- Space-Based Transit Searches: CoRoT and Kepler -- Observing Exoplanet Atmospheres during Transits -- Secondary Transit Spectroscopy -- Characterizing Earth-Like Planets around M Stars -- ch. 13 Direct Detection of Extrasolar Planets -- What Wavelength Region Should We Choose? -- Infrared Interferometers: TPF-I and Darwin -- Searching for Planets at Visible Wavelengths: TPF-C -- The Visible Occulter: TPF-O -- Nearby Target Stars -- ch. 14 The Spectroscopic Search for Life -- Spectral Resolution --
  • Contents note continued: The Visible/Near-IR Region: TPF-C or -O -- The Thermal-IR Region: TPF-I or Darwin -- Looking for Life on Early Earth-Type Planets -- Possible False Positives for Life -- Polarization Measurements: Looking for the Glint of Surface Water -- The Holy Grail: Simultaneous Detection of O2 and Reduced Gases -- ch. 15 Prospects for the More Distant Future -- NASA's Life Finder Mission -- Using the Sun as a Gravitational Lens -- The Drake Equation Revisited: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Control code
000050017192
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 332 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780691156279
Other physical details
ill.

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