Life's Matrix: A Biography of Water / Edition 1

Life's Matrix: A Biography of Water / Edition 1

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by Philip Ball
     
 

One of the four elements of classical antiquity, water is central to the environment of our planet. In Life's Matrix, Philip Ball writes of water's origins, history, and unique physical character. As a geological agent, water shapes mountains, canyons, and coastlines, and when unleashed in hurricanes and floods its destructive power is awesome. Ball's

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One of the four elements of classical antiquity, water is central to the environment of our planet. In Life's Matrix, Philip Ball writes of water's origins, history, and unique physical character. As a geological agent, water shapes mountains, canyons, and coastlines, and when unleashed in hurricanes and floods its destructive power is awesome. Ball's provocative exploration of water on other planets highlights the possibilities of life beyond Earth. Life's Matrix also examines the grim realities of depletion of natural resources and its effects on the availability of water in the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520230088
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/20/2001
Edition description:
First Edition, With a new preface
Pages:
433
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
1The First Flood3
2Blood of the Earth22
3Storehouses of the Hail59
4Oceans in the Sky82
5Open to the Elements115
6Between Heaven and Earth151
7Cold Truths183
8The Real Elixir221
9Inner Space249
10Pride, Prejudice, and Pathology271
11A Drop on Something Stronger293
Epilogue: Blue Gold337
Notes373
Bibliography391
Index405

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