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Revolutions that made the Earth: Review of a book of the same title By T. Lenton and A. Watson, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011

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Journal publication date2011
JournalContemporary Physics
Number of pages3
Original languageEnglish


The Earth differs radically from all other planets that we know of, and the reason is that it harbours life. Life is not just a kind of optional add-on that might or might not be present here; it has very substantially modified the physical properties of the Earth. Thus, the evolution of the Earth and the evolution of life are inextricably intertwined. The authors contend that just a few profound revolutions in this interaction have led to the Earth as we know it today – and they ponder about the new (anthropocene) revolution that is currently in progress and discuss where it may lead.