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By Donald E. Canfield

The air we breathe is twenty-one percentage oxygen, an volume larger than on the other recognized international. whereas we might take our air without any consideration, Earth used to be no longer consistently an oxygenated planet. How did it develop into this manner? Donald Canfield--one of the world's top gurus on geochemistry, earth background, and the early oceans--covers this tremendous heritage, emphasizing its courting to the evolution of existence and the evolving chemistry of the Earth. Canfield publications readers throughout the quite a few strains of clinical proof, considers a number of the mistaken turns and lifeless ends alongside the way in which, 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 extraordinary trip throughout the historical past of the oxygenation of our planet.

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