By Donald E. Canfield
The air we breathe is twenty-one percentage oxygen, an volume greater than on the other recognized international. whereas we might take our air with no consideration, Earth was once now not regularly an oxygenated planet. How did it turn into this fashion? Donald Canfield--one of the world's top specialists on geochemistry, earth historical past, and the early oceans--covers this gigantic background, emphasizing its dating to the evolution of lifestyles and the evolving chemistry of the Earth. Canfield courses readers during the a number of traces of medical proof, considers many of the mistaken turns and lifeless ends alongside the best way, and highlights the scientists and researchers who've made key discoveries within the box. exhibiting how Earth's surroundings constructed through the years, Oxygen takes readers on a notable trip throughout the historical past of the oxygenation of our planet.
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