An English Translation of "the Chemical Constitution of the Atmosphere from Earth's Origin to the Present,and Its Implications for Protection of Indus

An English Translation of "the Chemical Constitution of the Atmosphere from Earth's Origin to the Present,and Its Implications for Protection of Indus

By: Mark McMenamin (translator), Mark McMenamin (editor)Hardback

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C.J. Koene's 1856 book on the history of the atmosphere had nearly become a lost work when the author, with the help of a European colleague, located a rare surviving copy. This book, presented here in its original French with English translation, is a foundational document in the earth and environmental sciences and deserves to be more widely known. Koene was one of the first to suggest (correctly) that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels had decreased over geologic time, and was also among the first scientists to grapple with the environmental implications of the industrial revolution. In this translated edition, the author (in the Foreword) and David Schwartzman (in the Preface) discuss the significance of Koene's work and its importance for understanding both the history of early research into the development of Earth's atmosphere and the history of environmental debates associated with industrialization. Presented as a series of four public lectures, this book provides an engaging glimpse of the development of the science of atmospheric chemistry, and a unique view of the early progress of what would now be called earth science. The book is extensively annotated with footnotes relating Koene's writings to both earlier and later work. Koene can now be recognized (along with other luminaries such as J.J.Ebelman and V.I.Vernadsky) as one of the founders of earth system science, a research field that is of great contemporary interest to geologists, geochemists, paleoclimatologists, environmental consultants and atmospheric chemists).

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Mark A.S. McMenamin is Professor of Geology and Chair of the Department of Earth and Environment at Mount Holyoke College where he has taught since 1984. Considered an authority on paleobiological events, he has served as a Sigma Xi National Lecturer and was awarded a Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1988. His other publications include The Emergence of Animals (with D.McMenamin; Columbia, 1990), Hypersea: Life on Land (with D.McMenamin; Columbia, 1994), and The Garden of Ediacara (Columbia, 1998). Dr. McMenamin has also edited the English-language translations of V.Vernadsky's The Biosphere (Copernicus, 1998) and L.Khkhina's Concepts of Symbiogenesis (with L.Margulis; Yale, 1992).


List of Illustrations Editor's Foreword Preface Acknowledgements 1. First Lecture 2. Second Lecture 3. Third Lecture 4. Fourth Lecture Appendix Bibliography Endnotes Bilingual Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 31/10/2004
  • ISBN13: 9780773463875
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 174
  • ID: 9780773463875
  • ISBN10: 0773463879
  • translations: French
  • edition: annotated edition

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