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"The air we breathe is twenty-one percent oxygen, an amount higher than on any other known world. While we may take our air for granted, Earth was not always an oxygenated planet.... Read more
"The air we breathe is twenty-one percent oxygen, an amount higher than on any other known world. While we may take our air for granted, Earth was not always an oxygenated planet. How did it become this way? Oxygen is the most current account of the history of atmospheric oxygen on Earth"--
Acknowledgments ix Preface xi Chapter 1. What Is It about Planet Earth? 1 Chapter 2. Life before Oxygen 13 Chapter 3. Evolution of Oxygenic Photosynthesis 26 Chapter 4. Cyanobacteria: The Great Liberators 41 Chapter 5. What Controls Atmospheric Oxygen Concentrations? 56 Chapter 6. The Early History of Atmospheric Oxygen: Biological Evidence 72 Chapter 7. The Early History of Atmospheric Oxygen: Geological Evidence 85 Chapter 8. The Great Oxidation 98 Chapter 9. Earth's Middle Ages: What Came after the GOE 110 Chapter 10. Neoproterozoic Oxygen and the Rise of Animals 123 Chapter 11. Phanerozoic Oxygen 138 Chapter 12. Epilogue 153 Notes 159 References 175 Index 189
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